A team of students from University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany recently have set a new Guinness World of Record by making an electric car which is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.779 seconds. Previously it was set at 1.785 seconds by the ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts which means the new record shed off 0.006 seconds from the previous record. The team of students named themselves as the Green Team.
The car built was powered by four motors and a 6.62kWh battery package. When compared to the car’s weight of 160 kg, the power to weight ratio is 1,6 kg/kW. It is considered a superb numbers coming from university students as compared to other vehicles such as Formula 1 (1,0 kg/kW), Bugatti Veyron Supersport (2,08 kg/kW) and a Porsche 918 Spyder (2,50 kg/kW).
Initially, the car was designed with a massive rear wing which then modified to be wingless as the final design. Wingless design will result in less drag and quicker acceleration. The attempt was part of the University Green Team’s mission to raise awareness about electric cars and their capabilities.
The Green Team is currently waiting for confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records but the team is confident that they going to get it. The result should be announced in the next couple of days.