Students from the University of Stuttgart have built an all-electric, carbon fiber race car to break records.
As you likely know, the Rimac Nevera is the world's quickest car. In August last year, it smashed Tesla's then-recent quarter-mile record by posting a time of 8.5 seconds. With 1,914 horsepower on tap, Rimac says the Nevera will do 0-60 mph in just 1.85 seconds and 0-62 mph in 1.97 seconds. As organ-squishingly quick as that is, future hypercars could go even quicker. In fact, a Rimac engineer predicts that sub-one-second 0-60 times are possible.
We may be closer to times like these than expected, as students at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have now built and tested the world's quickest electric vehicle, setting a new world record. The time? 0-62 mph in just 1.461 seconds.
As you can clearly see, this carbon fiber-bodied EV is not something meant for mass production. It's called the E0711-11 EVO and was developed by the students with the aim of attaining the world record for the quickest EV ever made. It's clear that this particular record is very specific, and no production car has the weight and size freedoms that a one-off project like this does, but it's still fascinating to see how fast technology is progressing. It also shows that without excessive weight, a relatively small and underpowered vehicle can be extremely exciting. Perhaps Elon Musk should consider a significant diet to get the long-promised Tesla Roadster to us with its claimed acceleration times. In case you've forgotten, that car claims 1.1 seconds to 60 mph with the help of thrusters.
But back to the record at hand.
The 180-kilowatt/241-horsepower all-wheel-drive powertrain helps the car achieve 2.5 G of peak acceleration, but it hasn't been all smooth sailing for the 320-pound car, and the team had to abandon its first run in early September. This new run took place on October 6 and officially places the team in the Guinness Book of World Records, beating the previous record set by Swiss team AMZ Racing, which managed 0-62 mph in 1.513 seconds.
"The University of Stuttgart is proud that the GreenTeam has succeeded in setting a new record for the acceleration of e-vehicles," said Professor Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart. "I'm really excited about what our students have accomplished. Studying at university means not only acquiring theoretical knowledge but also being able to apply it in practice. The GreenTeam's commitment is an excellent example of how knowledge transfer can succeed."