Given its experience developing its own electric racing prototype, Drayson Racing seemed like a shoe-in to field its own team in the inaugural Formula E championship. In fact, it was one of the first teams to sign on and even talked about designing its own car for the following season. But now it's withdrawing.
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.
"*%$# me, that's fast." That's pretty much the synopsis given by Chris Harris, one of the hosts of the web series Drive, as he piloted the Drayson B12/69EV Le Mans prototype. Yes, that's the same car that last month set the high-speed record for electric vehicles under 999 kilograms (2,202 pounds). Harris, in a position we all envy, had the opportunity to put the 850-horsepower racer through its apparently mind-blowing paces on a circuit, taking the vehicle up to 145 miles per hour.
Back in June, the team at Drayson Racing took its electric Le Mans prototype to the Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England, and set a new land speed record for electric vehicles. The competition-spec EV hit a top speed of 204.185 miles per hour, shattering the previous record that stood at 175 mph since 1974.
It's pretty impressive when an automotive speed record stands for almost four decades, but UK-based Drayson Racing Technologies will take a shot at one next week. The company, led by Lord Paul Drayson (whose company is partnering with Michelin on the effort), will look to break the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record on June 25 at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, England.
In yet another win for alternative-powered Le Mans prototypes, Drayson Racing's B12/69EV set a new record for electric cars at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The emissions-free, 850 hp Lola-Drayson prototype finished the 1.16 mile hillclimb in just 53.53 seconds, taking 11th overall.
The Nissan Leaf wasn't the only electric vehicle to set a record (1 minute, 57 seconds whilst in reverse) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb this year. With Johnny Cocker at the wheel and pointing forward, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV from Drayson Racing Technologies laid down a time of 53.53 seconds. That's good enough to make it the fastest electric vehicle ever to traverse the 1.16-mile (1.86 kilometers) course and the 11th overall at this year's event.
Last year, Drayson Racing and Lola announced they would partner on an all-electric race car and now, at the 6th MIA International Low Carbon Racing Conference, the very impressive result of their collaboration has been revealed. The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV is an 850-horsepower (640-kW) monster that will seek to destroy many an electric vehicle speed record this year, while simultaneously serving as a development platform for a different design Drayson Racing will bring to the 2013 FIA Forumula E s