Students at the Academic Motorsports Club of Zurich (AMZ) in Switzerland announced that they broke the world record of electric car acceleration with a small vehicle built for the Formula SAE. The group released a video of the race car, called ‘grimsel‘, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 1.513 seconds.
It beats the 0-60 times of even the fastest production car in the world, the Porsche 918 Spyder – 2.2 seconds.
AMZ is no stranger to the Formula SAE. The group, consisting of students from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, has been dominating the competition for the past few years.
The team describes its latest creation via the university’s website:
“Thanks to the use of carbon-fibre materials, grimsel weighs just 168 kg. The four-wheel drive electric racing car has four specially developed wheel hub motors that are capable of generating 200 hp and 1700 Nm of torque. A sophisticated traction control system regulates the performance of each wheel individually, allowing the car’s acceleration to be increased even further. No large-scale production car – even one with a combustion engine – can reach an acceleration comparable to the grimsel.”
The previous world record stood at 1.779 seconds and was set last year by a team at the University of Stuttgart.
Here’s the video of ‘grimsel‘ breaking the record at the Dübendorf Air Base in Switzerland: