Drayson Racing to Make EV Land Speed Record Attempt
The attempt will take place on June 25 at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, England, where Lord Drayson, CEO and co-founder of Drayson Racing Technologies, who’s also a racing driver and former UK science minister, will be driving a low-drag version of the Drayson B12 69/EV Le Mans Prototype.
The EV is underpinned by a Lola LMP1 carbon chassis and powered by a 600 bhp (480 kW) electric motor. Having less than 1,000 kg without the driver, the vehicle draws its power from a 20 kWh lightweight, high-power configuration battery.
“It is not the outright speed that is impressive about this record attempt, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle to such a high speed and sustaining that speed over a measured mile, before stopping safely all within a relatively short distance then turning round and doing it again within an hour. It’s a tremendous technical challenge but we believe it’s about time someone moved this record on to demonstrate just how far EV technology has come,” said Lord Drayson, CEO and co-founder of Drayson Racing Technologies.
The current record of 175 mph (281 km/h) was set by Battery Box General Electric in the United States back in 1974.