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Peugeot EX1 Sets New Electric Record at the 'Ring

 

Peugeot EX1 EV concept

Last fall, the Peugeot EX1 Concept lit imaginations on fire when it debuted at the Paris Motor Show. Is it a three-wheeled bike? A car? Something totally different?

I suppose the last option is the closest to correct. It's got four wheels, but the rear track is narrower than the front track. And a motorcycle-style swing-arm suspends the rear wheels.

So, yeah...it's that.

It's also an electric car, powered by a total of 250 kilowatts (340 hp) worth of electric motors driving both axles. Thanks to its aerodynamic design, four-wheel-drive configuration and 2,200-pound curb weight, the EX1 boasts numbers like a 3.6-second 0-to-62 mph.

Now, it officially has a new number to add to its bag o' brag. Unlike a lot of concepts that strut their stuff at a few auto shows and then retire to headquarters, the EX1 has been hitting the track and pushing the performance limits of electric vehicles.

It recently clocked a 9-minute, 1.338-second run on the Nordschleife circuit at Nurburgring.

A 9-minute run may not look all that impressive upon first read. But that's because you're probably used to seeing times put down by juiced-up, gas-powered supercars.

The EX1's lap time beats the previous Nurburgring record for an electric car by almost a full minute (it was the Mini E Race at 9:51.45). So, yes, it is impressive.

Unfortunately for anyone whose hoping to turn heads in their own little electric roadster, Peugeot built the EX1 as a one-off prototype and isn't planning on producing it.

[Peugeot via Motor Authority]

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