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‘Grimsel’- an electric racing car designed and made by a team of university students from Switzerland has broken the world acceleration record. This car accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 1.785 seconds.

This is an electric racing car. The team from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and ETH Zurich has built this car Grimsel that can accelerate from 0 to 100kn/h in 1.785 seconds spread over an interval of 30 meters. These students are part of the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ). The previous record was of 2.134 seconds and it was held by Delft University of Technology. The testing and as a result world acceleration record making took place at the military airfield in Dübendorf.

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Sciencedaily writes: “The carbon fibre construction has a total weight of 168 kg and produces about 200 hp. A four-wheel drive is implemented with four specially designed wheel hub motors, which generate a total torque of 1630 Nm at the wheels.”

It adds: “By means of traction control, torque distribution is controlled individually for each wheel to maximise vehicle acceleration. No other production vehicle in the world has reached a similarly strong acceleration.”

The Grimsel  and this World Acceleration Record is a result of continuous development and improvement. It is the fifth AMZ  electric racing car. This was a part of the Formula Student international competition. Formula Student is the world’s biggest competition for engineers and has participation of more than 500 teams. This event is held annually at various locations around the world.  Grimsel broke the world acceleration record and scored an average of 920 points out of 1000 points.


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