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Credit the BBC for doing its best to dispel the notion that electric-powered vehicles are – as it puts it – "dull and boring." The UK broadcaster posted a two-minute video that profiles Paul Drayson and his racing team, which is building racing EVs that can go as fast as 200 miles per hour, and really quietly at that.

Drayson Racing Technologies shows off the car via an explanation of its layout and an extremely fast lap around a racing track. Mr. Drayson points out that the car has four electric motors built by Oxford University, giving the car's technology a top-notch pedigree.

Earlier this year, Formula E Holdings signed up Drayson Racing as its first team for an EV racing circuit slated to begin next year, with the premier race set for Rome. No word on whether Drayson will try to set any speed records through the Chunnel. Check out the BBC video of this electrifying EV (sorry) below.



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      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      hot!
      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmm very interesting, I saw cosworth on this f1 electric car,but nissan is also bringing an electric car for le mans in 2014, the electric racing cars is coming to life. What makes it interesting is that nissan is also working with oxford in electric and autonomous cars, although there is no relation with this project.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chanonissan
        where i got the info that nissan its working with oxford , it on nissan research centre, and if you remember the autonomous leaf a couple of weeks ago, by the university.
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 2 Years Ago
      However still no word from the BBC on the Tesla Model S , despite publishing many articles on the Geneva motor show last week . I guess Shell Oil is paying for more than just Top Gear !
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great straw man there bbc. EV's may not go as far as we would like, but I don't think I have heard the com,ain't, dull and borng.
      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to see them using some of the newer batteries like the CalBattery and Envia Systems batteries that may get 400 to 525 Wh/kg or even something from the newer announcements like the Rice University vanadium battery that might have 800Wh/kg and more power density than supercapacitors! http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/03/vo2-20130315.html#comments We may not be as far from seeing an EV that is capable of completing a Formula 1 race as I thought even a few months ago.
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave D
        A formula 1 car can't even complete an F1 race so why would an EV have to? Battery drive is plenty ready for taking over F1. It would be awesome to follow with the battery swaps and know about the motor designs and choice of power electronics. I certainly don't follow the block jaw formula 1 now because it has zero relevance. It is fornication by oil companies and their foolish sympathizers. Ferrari boss said something spectacularly stupid: "I don't believe in electric cars because I don't believe they can be an important step forward for pollution and the environment" (paraphrased to compensate for broken english). Guys like that dictate F1 and that's why it's holding on to tech without a future. Electric drive is ready when they are.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to hear some acceleration times. It seems to be more show than go.
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