When you think of ultimate 0-60 mile per hour records, you might readily quote some racecar stats. Or you may even quote some of the modern day hybrid hypercar stats. But those sub-three second times that these cars enjoy just can’t claim the top spot. At least not anymore.
Back off, McLaren, a group of students from the University of Stuttgart are now the reigning champs. The current record now stands at a frankly preposterous 1.7 seconds, and it was set by using an all-electric, all-wheel drive, Formula Student competition car.
The GreenTeam, as they’re called, built the little racecar around a 100kW battery pack. For this application it is immensely powerful and has ten more kW’s than Tesla’s new P90D. Combine that 100kW battery with four separate motors—one for each wheel—and the car’s total weight of just 354lbs (without the driver), and it becomes very easy to see how the team got this little car to achieve this record. Essentially these kids built a Group B Electric Rallycar.
For now, it’s just a one-seat, non-production racecar, but with that sort of technology and innovation available, there’s no telling just how far the project could go. We’re sure the engineers at Koenigsegg and McLaren would be interested in learning a bit more about the technology behind this speedy run.