Grimsel Electric Car Sets 0-62 mph World Record

A car by the name of Grimsel has once again beaten the world record for quickest-accelerating electric car from 0-62 mph.

Designed and built by the Academic Motorsports Club of Zurich (AMZ), and nicknamed Grimsel, the all-wheel-drive electric racer blasted its way to 100 kph (62 mph) in a record-setting 1.513 seconds.

This run supersedes a former run in late 2014, when the race car built by a team of Swiss university students was able to go 0-100 kph in 1.785 seconds.

The new record was set at the military airfield in Dübendorf, Switzerland, and the vehicle needed less than 30 meters from a standstill to reach the 62 mph velocity.

“Several experts from academia and industry monitored the record attempts to ensure rules compliance with the official Guinness regulations,” says the team in a statement.

You can watch a promotional video of the student team cheering on the record-setting spin on a test track by clicking the image below.

Video of Grimsel setting record

Grimsel features four 37 kilowatt motors, one for each wheel. Combined, they crank out an impressive 1,200 pounds-feet of torque. Low weight has helped it break through; its one piece carbon fiber body weighs just 40 pounds, which includes the car’s roll hoops. With suspension, motors, and batteries installed, the car weighs only 435 pounds.

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Grimsel was developed to compete in a European racing series called Formula Student — also known as Formula SAE. In the competition, students have to prove their cars on track and defend their design and engineering choices to a panel of experts. The student teams also pitch their race cars to fake investors to learn more about marketing their ideas.

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