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Old 27th June 2013, 11:26   #1
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Also, i couldnt help but share my excitement regarding this piece of news. It shows electric vehicles are heading the right way!

Source: http://www.autoweek.com/article/2013...NEWS/130629886

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The Drayson Racing Technologies Lola B12/69 EV electric race car hit a top speed of 204.2 mph at a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, England, smashing the previous record of 175 mph set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974. Fittingly, Lord Paul Drayson was behind the wheel.
In order to qualify for the attempt at the electric land speed record, the vehicle had to weigh less than 2,204 pounds (1,000 kg) without the driver.
“What it shows to people is just what the future potential of electric cars is,” Lord Drayson told the BBC. “Obviously, this is a very special racing car, but by setting this new world record here in Britain we say two things. One, it is a pointer to the future -- the technology that we developed for this car will filter down to the cars we use everyday. And secondly, it's a message about how here in the UK we're a world leader with this technology. We've led motorsport engineering, now we're also leading with electric motorsport engineering.”
Now Drayson will turn his focus toward the FIA Formula E World Championship, which starts in September 2014. Eight races will make up the first season, including events in London, Rome, Miami, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro.
The Lola B12 uses a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver 850 hp with a single-ratio transmission.
Quite impressive, isn't it?
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Very interesting indeed.

Looks like Formula1 will have competition!!

But what I couldn't find was how long is it actually going to last on a single charge. I guess the real hurdle to using EV's practically is the time these take to recharge.
The recent superfast battery swap from Tesla seems nice, but needs a lot of infrastructure.
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The only thing current EVs need is better battery tech. If that improves through R & D then we can say that there has been some advancement in the world of EVs.
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