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  • Mar 21st 2014 at 7:57PM
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In Fully Charged, actor Robert Llewellyn continuously manages to combine electric vehicle news and views with a bit of British wit. We love it. His latest offering makes us all the more jealous, since he's showing us what it's like to drive an EV at 200 miles per hour.

Before the drive, we see the car getting prepped with wireless induction charging and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who "flew in from California for the day," just hanging about the paddock. The star, though, is Lord Paul Drayson and the blazingly fast car he has spent years getting ready to challenge the 200 mph barrier.

Others have enjoyed the car, but Llewellyn himself doesn't get behind the wheel. That's left to Drayson. We do get some cool shots of the Drayson B12/69EV Le Mans prototype roaring (silently, of course) down the old airstrip at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, England. The video was shot last year when Drayson and his team broke the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record with a run of 205.139 mph in the timed mile (and a max speed 219.1 mph), according to the video. Team Drayson said after the event that the record was actually set at 204.185 mph. Whatever the official speed, we're pretty sure that this will all make Drayson Racing a formidable competitor when the global Formula E series starts up in China later this year. The car will be different, of course, but you don't get to 200 mph without learning a few things.

Eleven minutes of EV speed racer goodness (well, 10 minutes plus 60 seconds of anti-fracking funnies) awaits you below.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      World records need to average a timed mile in opposite directions.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing sounds and looks wicked!
        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I wonder what that car would do if it had some gears on it? I know with 4 motors spread across the wheels, that a gear box would be impractical but a different configuration for top speed that included gears would be mind blowing. Of course, for racing, I bet this thing could do a lap at Circuit de la Sarthe that would blow your mind. I wonder if they'll go over there and do a demo lap for Le Mans this year???
          Neil Blanchard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave D
          I think that there is so much torque available from the four YASA motors in the Drayson B12 car that gears are truly redundant. ~850BHP must have about that many foot pounds of torque? I hope they can do more than a demo lap at Le Mans!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave D
          I think it might be interesting to had multiple motors with different fixed gear ratios then you use software control to decide which motor to activate based on the vehicle speed. That way you wouldn't need any gearbox. One motor handles launch 0-120 and the other motor handles 80-200 with both motors operating in the overlapping area. Otherwise you could use FWD for one motor(lower speed) and RWD for higher speeds.
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