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.
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.
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.