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New World Record For Electric Car Speed: 204.2 MPH 99

Posted by timothy
from the electric-moment dept.
Dupple writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "Drayson Racing Technologies has broken the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car. Its Lola B12 69/EV vehicle hit a top speed of 204.2mph (328.6km/h) at a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire. ... The previous 175mph record was set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974. Drayson Racing is not the only electric vehicle-maker hoping to use motorsport to spur on adoption of the technology. Last week Nissan unveiled the Zeod RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which can switch between electric and petrol power. The firm intends to enter the vehicle into next year's Le Mans 24 race saying the competition would act as a 'challenging test bed' for technologies that could eventually find their way into road cars." This video from last year introduces the Lola; Drayson's YouTube channel has plenty more footage, too.
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New World Record For Electric Car Speed: 204.2 MPH

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  • Nope (Score:5, Funny)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo@@@world3...net> on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @12:18PM (#44113847) Homepage

    Can't drive for 8 hours without a recharge, can't charge in less than 500 microseconds, doesn't cost less than the shittiest Ford = piece of shit.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, let's go for a long cross country journey in a drag racer

      OH WAIT that would be RIDICULOUS

      • Yes, let's go for a long cross country journey in a drag racer

        OH WAIT that would be RIDICULOUS

        That's not a drag car, this [plasmaboyracing.com] is a drag car.

        FYI, drag racers are operated on 1/4 mile strips, not full-on racing tracks.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      To the moron who modded me flaimbait: I was joking, parodying the typical Slashdot reaction to any electric vehicle. I'm actually a big fan of them.

  • I need 303 miles of range from a EV the same size and cost as a minivan.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They're not trying to sell you this car. It's a proof of concept whose purpose is to dispel the myth that electric cars can't be made to perform well.

      • I thought Tesla already proved that? At least they did in my mind. 0-60, 300 mile range, only $100,00. Far out of my price range, but I if I was in the market for a Porsche or Lambo, I'd consider the Tesla.

        • Actually, the Model S is cheaper to buy than all of its gas competitor, and MUCH cheaper to run, as well as outperforming them.
          The Model S does NOT compete against a porsche or lambo (though interestingly, the performance version can take them on). It competes against full size Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes, etc.
      • I don't think their performance was ever challenged. I mean, their torque curve alone shows that it would be faster off the mark then a IC car of the same curb weight.

        Everything I've gathered about EV's not performing well had little to do with performance, but more to do with energy density, recharge time, exotic materials, and the fact the batteries wear out a lot faster than a fuel tank.

        (incidentally, all of the above (minus exotic materials) would be solved by using fuel cells in an EV car, if they can

        • by t4ng* (1092951)

          (incidentally, all of the above (minus exotic materials) would be solved by using fuel cells in an EV car, if they can get them to not gunk up after a while and bring down the cost).

          My impression of fuel cells is that they aren't very energy efficient when you take into consideration the energy required to make them and/or the electrolyte they use. They are just compact and light weight for special applications, such as near earth space craft. For example, the energy required to produce the hydrogen needed for a hydrogen fuel cell, usually by breaking bonds in H2O, is much greater than the energy you get out of the fuel cell in using that hydrogen. It's more efficient to just directl

          • My impression of fuel cells is that they aren't very energy efficient when you take into consideration the energy required to make them and/or the electrolyte they use

            And how much energy is required to make the batteries for an EV? Will not even include the energy required to produce all the advanced electronics for the thing to work (because a fuel cell EV car will need those too). Also, take into account that unlike a normal car, fixing the above will be pretty much impossible unless you are a specialist, and will probably involve just replacing things when they break (compared to a normal car, where any decently specced garage/machine shop can pretty much produce any

  • The Lola? (Score:4, Funny)

    by cellocgw (617879) <cellocgw@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @12:19PM (#44113871) Journal

    Something something how can a car without a tranny be a Lola?
    (yeah I know electric cars have a transmission but they don't have a gearbox, which is what most people refer to as transmission)

    • by polar red (215081)

      yeah I know electric cars have a transmission

      NOT necessary: you can mount each wheel with its own motor.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Something something how can a car without a tranny be a Lola?

      I though most people named Lola were trannies.

  • Can't wait to see the pit stop times for this thing. Do those stopwaches measure in hours?
    • Tesla already has prototypes for swapping batteries out in less than 2 minutes.

      Still too long for a pit stop, but they already use specialized equipment there to refuel quickly (compared to gas stations) so something similar for electric cars isn't unfathomable if the actually catch on in this type of environment.

      • by 0123456 (636235)

        Tesla already has prototypes for swapping batteries out in less than 2 minutes.

        How long does it take when you get to the battery station in Nowheresville and they've run out of batteries?

        • What happens when you get to a gas station in Nowheresville and they've run out of gas?

          Also, you trade batteries, they never "run out". Though potentially you'd end up getting batteries that have less than a full charge (and all they have to do to fix that is to have more batteries spare for swapping as demand increases).

        • Tesla already has prototypes for swapping batteries out in less than 2 minutes.

          How long does it take when you get to the battery station in Nowheresville and they've run out of batteries?

          Much, much less time than it takes to refuel when you get to the gas station in Nowheresville and they've run out of gas. You just plug the car in and wait 3 hours, instead of waiting 24 hours for the next tanker truck, oh wait! It's Saturday. 48 hours no gas for you.

          I can also make up other ridiculous scenarios that cou

      • by haruchai (17472)

        Just to be clear - the capability is present in every Model S. If by prototype, you mean the machine that does the battery swap, then I agree that's correct.

        However, Better Place, notwithstanding their bankruptcy, has been doing battery swap for a while and Tesla's tech seems scarcely any different.

  • It topped out at 24 mph.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It topped out at 24 mph.

      And it exploded and killed Jeremy Clarkson's dog. It was hilarious. You had to see it.

  • This is the Future (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sidevans (66118) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @01:17PM (#44114721) Homepage

    I am sad I don't have any mod points to give negative shit right now, especially with all the people drinking haterade and talking shit about electric cars - this is a subject I hold close to my heart.....

    Yes we are behind on tech, a 1911-1916 Detroit Motors electric car was doing ~80 miles on a charge, with the best test being 211 miles (340 km) from a single charge - however with small scale wind and solar systems we can manage 90% of consumer and urban driving requirements without relying on a single drop of oil from the middle east. I am from Australia - its 3:10am here (yes I've had a drink) and personally whatever happens over there doesn't affect us apart from catching the flu when America sneezes - but this type of technology is what will make the world free one day.

    Brand new Electric cars are $100k, but for $20k you can buy an old can and convert it to electric with 200km "down under" range (~120 miles) and it will consume a hell of a lot less overall energy than a combustion motor - you guys in the USA will probably get the most expensive part - the batteries - cheaper than we would in Australia and your currency is now stronger.

    Electric cars will always have more instant torque and power than unleaded, ethenol, DIEsel or Gas (LPG, Natural Gas) - and they will kick ass when the time is right. Look up "White Zombie EV" and "EV West" cars for some real education on what is available on the market already.

    If anyone disagree's, you suck and I don't care.

    • I live in a small Mid-Western US town and there are close to a dozen electric cars running around town not to mention a flood of hybrids. I am thinking about getting an all electric car for my self and a hybrid for the wife {that way we have a car that we can drive on that vacation we take once a decade}. I'm not saying there are no over sized SUVs here there are plenty of those also.

    • Mod up, please.
    • Hear hear, well said sir. Every word the pure ring of truth.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      Brand new Electric cars are $100k, but for $20k you can buy an old can and convert it to electric

      Or for $2k I can buy a pretty good used gasser. I spent less than $4k and got a turbo-diesel sedan which gets 26 mpg (real-world, in hill country on diesel. I'd love to own a small EV but it just doesn't make economic sense.

  • Why not make a sports car for dirt roads instead? At least it would be usable outside of perfectly flat circuits.

  • Ok fine. A racecar won't go full throttle all the time on the racetrack. But still at least 50%. That roughly enough energy for a grant total of THREE laps ... on a really short racetrack.

    Sorry, but this is a stunt and in no way practical whatsoever. That's because it runs on batteries and batteries have crappy energy density. It's just the wrong kind of technology for this purpose. Stop kidding yourselves.

    This may work with fuelcells - but those require much more electricity to make and store the hydrogen

  • I think in order to claim you can drive 202 mph, you should be able to drive at that speed for an hour. Otherwise you are really getting far less actual miles per hour when you have to stop every 5 minutes and charge for 10 hours.

    Really, its speed is more like 202 miles/week.

    Just a reminder, before you slam me, scan for sarcasm first.

    • I think in order to claim you can drive 202 mph, you should be able to drive at that speed for an hour. Otherwise you are really getting far less actual miles per hour when you have to stop every 5 minutes and charge for 10 hours.

      Really, its speed is more like 202 miles/week.

      Just a reminder, before you slam me, scan for sarcasm first.

      Most cars wouldn't be able to maintain 300 KPH for 1 hour without refilling. Hell, most cars wont reach 200 KPH let alone maintain it.

      Doing 300 KPH for 1 hour is nothing like doing 300 KM per week as:
      1) You'll be doing 300 at lower speeds, thus using less fuel (gross oversimplification, but a vast improvement over the Parents analogy).
      2) You'll also be stopping and starting a lot more.

      I track my lightly modified DC5 and at 250 KPH I'd go through 50 litres of RON 98 in less than half an hour as I'm d

  • by djlemma (1053860) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @04:32PM (#44116757)
    I immediately thought about the drag racing electric motorcycle I had read about years back, the KillaCycle. [killacycle.com] Well, apparently those guys designed the battery packs [killacycle.com] for the Drayson in TFA, which is pretty neat. It's also the bike that the inventor crashed while trying to do a burnout [youtu.be] for some reporters... but whatever, still cool.
  • World Records are a dime a dozen. 200mph is impressive in an electric but 200mph in an electric has happened a few times in the last 10 years. This is nothing new or that note worthy, just a good hype machine.
  • Here's my idea. Don't take all that time and effort making an electric car drive fast. Take a hot wheels car and launch it out of an electric rail gun at about 10,000MPH and then spend all the time and effort convincing the judges that that counts.
  • My mentor and I built a RC model car that on smooth concrete could do 105MPH, and sustain it for 8 - 10 minutes. It had so much torque that 'punching it' off the line turned it into a 'ground-bloom-flower'. Factor in the car's scale MPH (1/12 scale) and it was doing 1260 (scale) MPH.

    I used to impress my nerd-friends by 'drag-racing' cars going down the street (at 25 - 30 MPH) and passing them before they had gone 100 meters. That is the car being raced was going 25 MPH and the RC car was going from ze

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