Some students from Germany's University of Stuttgart have built an all-electric mini-racer that recently managed to do 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 1.779 seconds, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph. Is that some sort of record, and, if so, what was the previous one? That's the confusing part. But the car certainly is very quick.

The university's Green Team Formula team performed the feat with a 100-kilowatt-hour vehicle that has all-wheel drive and is powered by four electric motors. And the Daily Telegraph says that Guinness World Records may confirm the electric vehicle acceleration time as a record by next month.

So, what record is it? The confusing article say the acceleration record is 0.006 seconds, but we (and the commenters over there) think that's supposed to be 0.006 seconds quicker than the current 0-100 kph time of 1.785 seconds, which was set by a student team from ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts last fall. The math checks out and that's the current Guinness record. Additionally, some members of the Daily Telegraph peanut gallery say a typical Formula One car can do 0-60 mpg in 1.6 seconds (this was disputed by some other readers), while a top-fuel dragster can do 0-60 mph in a tidy half-second. That takes a lot more fuel and larger tires, though.

The Green Team Formula team's page can be found here and you can see a video of the record-setting run above. Don't blink or, well, you know.




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