• Image Credit: Netherlands' Delft University of Technology
  • Image Credit: Netherlands' Delft University of Technology
  • Image Credit: Netherlands' Delft University of Technology
  • Image Credit: Netherlands' Delft University of Technology
  • Image Credit: Netherlands' Delft University of Technology
  • Image Credit: Netherlands' Delft University of Technology
Say "Netherlands' Delft University of Technology." Now, understand that, in less than the time it took you to read that, students of that particular school can fling their electric car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). Pretty impressive, wouldn't you say?

The university's racing team had apparently been looking to get its DUT12 racing EV to go from 0-62 in 2.3 seconds, which would've beaten the previous record for an electric vehicle by about a third of a second. In fact, the team outdid even those ambitious dreams by clocking in at 2.15 seconds, Wired reports. The 323-pound car was helped out by its all-wheel drive system (think about that: a 323-pound car with four-wheel drive), not to mention the fact that the team used its lightest driver. Who must've had a really good time. Top speed on the DUT12 is about 81 miles per hour. How many seconds does it take to get there, we wonder.

Delft University have been making appearances on these pages for years. We reported back in October 2007 that the university's solar-powered Nung4 won Australia's 3,000-km World Solar Challenge for the fourth straight year. Check out the school's webpage for the DUT12 here and see videos of the run below.







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      noevfud
      • 3 Months Ago
      Any go cart this size with a large DC motor can do this easily. Although fun this is not a record or even a large or difficult accomplishment. Doing this in a full size EV is another story. We have a vehicle similar in size that can easily do these numbers and it was put together in a weekend with an old go cart frame and some old EV parts. If ABG actually did some basic research on EVs or their history they would be more informed. There is always the "Google"
        Dave D
        • 3 Months Ago
        @noevfud
        Cool share some video and numbers with us. We'd love to see it...if you actually did it. If not, then quit being such a negative-nelly LOL
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Months Ago
      I posted the news article on the local SEVA (Seattle Electric Vehicle Association) maillist and got this response from John Wayland, owner/builder of the White Zombie (a converted 1972 Datsun 1200) and I thought I would share it here : "NEDRA records 1/4 mile and 1/8 mile ETs and trap speeds, but racers can calculate their 0-60 mph runs by using 60 ft. times, 1/8 mile ETs and trap speeds, weight vs time, and by other very accurate calculations. Many have used GPS to do the same. Using the well-respected Wallace Racing Calculator on line, calculations for EV racers are always a bit slower than our actual times, because this calculator doesn't take into account the EV's massive launch torque over the gas-power machines the calculator was created for. Nonetheless, this calculator comes close for us. Using one of the Zombie's time slip runs as an example - it's 6.4 @ 109 1/8 portion of a low 10 second run, the Wallace Racing Calculator has the Zombie's 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. White Zombie actually runs 0-60 mph in 1.8 seconds on 'average 1/4 mile runs' when the 60 foot mark is crossed in the 1.55 second range. We've had 60 foot marks as low as 1.31 seconds, putting the 0-60 mph run closer to 1.7 seconds or so. This is in an all-steel 2351 lb. road legal car with 100 mile driving range, too. For an apples-to-apples comparison using 0-62 mph instead of the more standard 0-60, the Zombie is probably at 1.9 seconds. Not to disparage college kids (more power to them), but hitting 0-60 mph in a pinch over 2 seconds in an experimental single person 'craft' the size of a child's go kart that only weighs 329 lbs., shouldn't be held up as some sort of record being compared to real cars - although calling the skeleton-looking tube frame near-bodiless Ariel Atom a 'car' is quite a stretch as well! These students are to be congratulated however, for having the moxie to go for acceleration and the fun factor! See Ya... John Wayland"
        Tweaker
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Ele Truk
        That was very informative. Thanks for posting.
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Ele Truk
        I don't think anyone IS comparing this to real cars, and John is a bit childish to call that out.
          Ele Truk
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Originally the articles were claiming a "World Record" which it wasn't even close. It was based on a Wikipedia list, not any official record keeping association. And yes, they were comparing it to real cars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fastest_production_cars_by_acceleration
        Dave D
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Ele Truk
        Yeah, I'm kind of in the camp of: Don't slam a bunch of college students for doing something this cool. So it's not an "official" EV record, I'm sure it's probably a record for one of these SAE type cars....and I'd give ANYTHING to give that bad boy a drive and try if myself!!! :-)
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Months Ago
      Wow, that looks super fun to drive! No wonder they got the cobblestones a little dirty.
      Koenigsegg
      • 3 Months Ago
      that is not a vehicle
      Duncan Watson
      • 3 Months Ago
      Delft UoT also just broke the human powered speed record (an actual world record). They hit 83.13 mph in the 200m speed traps on flat land with legal wind on at Battle Mountain, NV. The previous record of 82.3 mph is the Canadian Sam Whittinham's.
      bearfriend
      • 3 Months Ago
      Who is Who, and why was he having a good time?