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Peugeot EX1 concept at Nürburgring – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Peugeot unveiled the EX1 to the world at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, we had a hunch it would be one spectacular electric sports car. With an impressive amount of thrust – 250 kilowatts (340 horsepower) from a pair of electric motors, one attached to each axle – and a sleek and futuristic design that screams race-inspired, the EX1 has gone from sexy concept to record-setting battery-powered automobile.

Living up to expectations, the EX1 has shattered the existing record for an electric vehicle on the Nürburgring with a time of 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds. The electric sports car averaged an impressive 85.9 miles per hour on the demanding 12-mile Nordschleife track. The EX1 blew a hole through the previous electric vehicle record of 9:51, set by a modified Mini E back in 2010.

Driver Stephane Caillet piloted the EX1 during the record-breaking lap, which Peugeot says took place in "unfavorable" weather conditions – judging from the photos, it looks to be a bit damp and foggy. There's no doubting how rigorous a test the Nurburgring is on any vehicle and for Peugeot's EX1 to turn in an impressive time proves, once again, that the myth that all electric vehicles are pokey and uninspiring needs to die.




[Source: World Car Fans]


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      adrive7
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats *Ms.* Schmitz :-p
      Ben Crockett
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to hear - I love the look of this beastie.
      Turbofrog
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soooo...no one has driven a Tesla Roadster at the 'Ring, then?
      Ziv
      • 4 Years Ago
      9:01:03!? That is dawdling slow, Sabine Schmitz can get a beat up TRANSIT VAN around in 10:08:00 for goodness sake! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KiC03_wVjc Just kidding, 9:01:03 is plenty quick, but it gave me an excuse to post a link to one of the funnier Top Gear episodes...
        Ernie Dunbar
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        *boggle* On a good day, I've been able to complete the course in Gran Turismo 4 in 9:21, using a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5 - 16 Evolution III. They *say* it's possible to get 9:01 or better, but that would require some hardcore skillz. Said car is some serious hardware, too. That this Peugeot can manage it is remarkable. And if Mr Schmitz can ram a Transit van through the course in that time, it shows he places very little value on his life. :)
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, Ms. I stand corrected.
      Doug
      • 4 Years Ago
      9:01:33 != 9:01.33
        Ele Truk
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Doug
        I'm pretty sure I can walk Nürburgring in 9:01:33, with a lunch break, and a bathroom break, and a siesta.
        Chris M
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Doug
        Good catch - there's a big difference between 9 minutes 1.33 seconds and 9 hours 1 minute 33 seconds! Funny what a single dot can do...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tesla could be a very extraordinary vehicle given time... Check out this video on Tesla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVQ59VZMJ3Q
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes it's curious that noone has taken a tesla to the ring yet. and an electric car built for racing could do much better still. should be possible to push the zondas and radicals
      adrive7
      • 4 Years Ago
      Imagine if they spent some time with it in the Wind Tunnel. Those side panels and exposed rear tires aren't doing anybody any favors. Closing in the cockpit would probably help too, so long as they keep the roof line low.
        Ernie Dunbar
        • 4 Years Ago
        @adrive7
        Imagine if any sports car manufacturer gave two ***** about the Cd of their cars, as opposed to making them *look* aerodynamic. Noone actually cares about that. Most wind-tunnel testing is more about wind noise at 180 Mph and *maybe* downforce than it is about increasing aerodynamic efficiency. But people care about rollbars. Why are they absent on this car?
      Stacey
      • 4 Years Ago
      MR Schmitz?! HE?! Sabine Schmitz is a woman. She's also someone who knows the Nurburgring better than almost anyone.
      adrive7
      • 4 Years Ago
      It could have pyrotechnic rollbars. In the event of a roll-over, explosives push the bar up and into position. A few cars have them, I think the Murano CrossCabriolet for example.
      Chris M
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was not meant as a production model, it was designed for performance and maneuverability, to show off and set records. Unlike the Tesla Roadster, it isn't "street legal".
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