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Drayson Racing Sets Four New Electric-Car Land Speed Records


Drayson Racing Lola B12 69/EV

Drayson Racing Lola B12 69/EV

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Drayson Racing just can't leave well enough alone.

Back in June, the team led by former British science minister Lord Drayson set a land speed record for lightweight electric cars; reaching 204.2 mph at the Elvington airfield in Yorkshire, England.

Recently, Drayson returned to Elvington, breaking his original record and setting three more.

Driving the same Lola B12 69/EV he used in his previous attempts, Lord Drayson achieved 205.13 mph over a flying mile, and set a one-kilometer record of 333.271 kph. Both records are awaiting approval by the FIA.

Drayson says the top speed achieved by the Lola makes it the fastest vehicle in Britain driven by its wheels. That excludes vehicles powered by thrust, like the jet- and rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC that is being prepared for a 1,000 mph record run over a South African desert.

Drayson Racing Lola B12 69/EV

Drayson Racing Lola B12 69/EV

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Drayson also set a record for an electric car in the standing quarter mile, with a time of 9.74 seconds at 92.38 mph. This record is also awaiting FIA approval.

According to a team statement, during the last record run the car was still accelerating hard when it reached the end of the speed zone, prompting Drayson to try again.

The team originally intended to take its electric car to the Bonneville Salt Flats, but flooding forced them to return to Elvington.

The Lola B12 69/EV used by Drayson was designed as a Le Mans prototype race car. It's powered by a quartet of electric motors, developing a combined 640 kilowatts (850 horsepower).

The car also features innovative "structural batteries"--as the name suggests, they integrate energy storage into the Lola's bodywork and chassis.

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