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It was a big deal when Peugeot's EX1 set the electric vehicle speed record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 9.01:33 this past May (video here). In response, Toyota worked hard to make sure that its TMG EV P001 made the run in 7.47.79 at the end of August. There's another all-electric vehicle – one built by university students – that recently lapped the 20.832-kilometer distance in 8.42:72, but it still set a new EV record* for the 'Ring.

The Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences' Electric RaceAbout may not be quite as fast as the Toyota racer, but the team is still touting its achievement as "a new road legal electric vehicle lap record." The key words there being "road legal," of course. Whatever the technical definition of the record it, we've been behind the RaceAbout's wheel, and we know how fast this beast can go.

Earlier this year, the RaceAbout went round the Nordschleife in 9.40, so this latest attempt is quite an improvement. The 8.42 time was set by German race driver Ralf Kelleners, who had an average speed of 142 kilometers an hour (88.23 miles per hour) and a top speed of 238 km/h (147.9 mph). While doing so, Kelleners used 25.6 kWh, "measured as energy taken from grid to recharge the battery," for total energy consumption of 123 kWh/100 km (or 1230 Wh/km or 123 kWh/62 miles or 1.98 kWh per mile) for the lap. In average driving, the Raceabout uses around 145 Wh/km. The car uses a 33-kWh lithium-titanate battery, so there was more juice left in the pack after the run. See a video of the run after the jump.



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      Timo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering that this is university build project with tiny budged that's a real achievement. Of course that record will not hold very long, there are much faster street legal EV:s in horizon.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timo
        not sure this is a tiny budget though. my guess is a pretty huge budget actually
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Timo, that is not true at all. Racing Green Endurance at London Imperial College plowed through 300000 pounds iirc building their thundersky battery based conversion and I believe they were given the car for free on top of that. travelling to the xprize with a crew for weeks is not exactly free. nor is going to the ring and testing several times and using a race driver. I suspect they are quite well funded
          Timo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          It's tiny. University projects in general are almost build for free comparably speaking. Goal is research and education, not getting money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's some Veyron-styled racing, emptying the "fuel tank" in under 15 minutes. Altairnano's pouch cells surely provides for enough power to handle all the cycles from full throttle to a powerful regeneration. Still a minute left to tune in order to defeat Toyota, good luck and hope you get there.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah I guess it's a legit record. time to do better peugeot interesting how much energy it uses. 2/3 of the pack for one lap : ) and it's no small pack. I guess strong regen braking is quite important for electric racing. did it have regen? did it use it? the raceabout is quite heavy though. 1700kg iirc that can't help the efficiency when accelerating and braking all the time. next
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I believe it does use regen. See how the bar slide graphic goes from full throttle to red brake when the he lifts off the petal? He could be using two feet one on the accelerator and one on the brake but it looked to me as if it was going straight into regen as the brake was being applied to quickly in some instances. Their was less front end scrub than when the Toyota ran this course.a The Yota was front tire scrubbin hard.