It’s no secret that people from Finland know a thing or two about going fast. A sizeable percentage of the world’s top rally drivers hail from this Nordic land, as do a healthy number of F1 racers.
So it stands to reason that if somebody built the world’s fastest electric vehicle to run on ice, no one should be surprised to find Finns heading up such a project.
The brainchild of a team at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the Electric RaceAbout (E-RA) can now lay claim to being the fastest, pure battery powered car to run on ice.
Featuring a 33-kilowatt-hour, Altairnano lithium-ion battery pack and four electric motors (one for each wheel), the E-RA cranks out 378 horsepower and an astounding 2,360 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the car’s 3,747-pound curb weight this enables truly exceptional performance. How exceptional?
Well, during a recent instrumented test on the frozen surface of Lake Ukonjärvi in the far north of Finland, the E-RA, shod in Nokian Hakkapelitta ice tires and driven by the company’s test driver Janne Laitenen, reached a top speed of 161.63 miles per hour (260.06 kph).
Not only that, but the car’s average speed during the record breaking run was some 156.67 mph (252.09 kph). Click on the video to see Laitenen’s blazing trip into the history books.