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Drayson Racing scored a podium spot at the Goodwood Festival of Speed held last weekend in the UK, with a third place finish for the all-electric B12 69/EV.
This competition was the electric hypercar’s first high-profile run since it broke the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record for sub-1000kg cars (subject to FIA approval) three weeks ago with Lord Drayson at the wheel.
Back in its high downforce circuit specification, the B12 69/EV, which was driven by Jonny Cocker for the weekend, recorded a best time of 47.34 seconds in Sunday’s final shootout, just 0.02 seconds behind the second placed Peugeot 208 T16 that won at Pikes Peak a few weeks ago.
This represents a new electric record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, over 6 seconds faster than the time set when the car made its Goodwood hill debut last year. Drayson racing said this underlines the rapid progress being made by the team in developing its electric powertrain technology.
To aid battery charging between runs during the tight Goodwood schedule, the Drayson B12 69/EV used QualcommHalo Wireless Charging technology. This means the car did not need to be plugged in but instead charged from a portable pad in the floor; Drayson Racing believes this represents the future of EV infrastructure for road cars.
Michelin is also working in partnership with Drayson Racing to develop specific tires that are perfectly suited to the very high torque characteristics of an electric racing car.
“A podium finish here at Goodwood, where there are over 300 cars from many eras and racing classes competing up the hill, illustrates how swiftly we are developing electric vehicle technology through motorsport competition,” said Lord Drayson, CEO of Drayson Racing Technologies. “Clearly we have some work to do before electric beats the internal combustion engine at Goodwood. There’s always next year, though.”