The former 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) world record of 2.134 seconds was just unofficially beaten with a 1.785-second run by “Grimsel,” an all-wheel-drive, European student-built EV racer nearly twice as quick as the Tesla Model S P85D.
The point here is not that Tesla’s car is slow – it is not. Rather, one point could be the lightweight one-person racer is a leading indicator of what gets the blood flowing for aspiring engineers who could go on to design cars of tomorrow – evidenced also by a long list of corporate sponsors.
Grimsel’s builders – the 30-person team from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – are awaiting official confirmation by the Guinness Book of World Records for the quickest EV run of 1.785 seconds
The car they developed in under one-year’s time has a carbon-fiber chassis and also blazes around corners and brakes very hard.
Together, they’re pushing the edge of EV development, and Grimsel has won many categories at the Formula Student international competition last summer. The team has been at it for several years and has fielded several cars, learning and evolving as it goes.
The former record of 2.134 seconds was held by an electric car built by Delft University of Technology.
The videos showing the run for the car as light as a motorcycle but with 1,200 pounds-feet torque was over in less than 30 meters and almost look anticlimactic – sort of like a 0-25 mph run in distance, but much quicker, and all over too soon.
Grimsel is a 370-pound vehicle (168 kg) putting out 200 horsepower (147 kW) through four AMZ M4 wheel-hub motors. Each are rated at 50 horsepower (37 kW) and these yield that astronomical 1,200 pounds-feet.
The car’s monocoque chassis was developed by the team, and has torsional stiffness of 4,500 Nm (3,319 foot-pounds) and weighs just 40 pounds (18.3 kilograms).