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850hp EV Racer Blows Chris Harris's Mind

"Lordy, lordy, lordy, that's fast!" - Chris Harris

In the near future, battery technology will reach the point that a fully electric race car can spend all day at Le Mans. When that day comes, Lord Paul Drayson will be there. The UK’s former science minister, and team owner of Drayson Racing, is building an electric LMP1 car. It’s based on a Lola and comes with state-of-the-art axial flux Oxford YASA motors and fuel cells that can deliver 850 hp and 2,950 lb-ft of torque.The entire project is an exercise in development, and will have a massive impact on future electric cars.

Chris Harris is no advocate of EVs, the lack of sound a particular sticking point with the Drive presenter, but that doesn’t deter him from taking the silent beast to the runway to experience a glimpse of the electric revolution that is nigh.

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