NETHERLANDS (September 20, 2013) -- Recently, students from Delft University of
Technology gathered at Valkenburg airport in an attempt to set a new world
record for acceleration in an electric car.
Using last year's DUT12 FSAE vehicle, the team
put their lightest driver, Marly Kuijpers, behind the wheel to pilot the 4WD
Hoosier-shod rocket ship.
The team was trying to better the previous
record of 2.68 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph).
Due to the cool conditions and since the run was
expected to be less than three seconds, the team determined it necessary to
pre-warm their tires.
After all the preparation, the team was finally
ready to make their record-setting attempt in the 320 lb. electric race
The students were pretty confident they could
surpass the 2.68 second record, but when the time was announced the team could
hardly believe it.
Their time was an astounding 2.15 seconds in
reaching the 100 km/h speed. By comparison, the Tesla Model S electric car
available to the public can go 0-60 (mph) in a scant 4.2 seconds.
You can view the record-setting run on YouTube
by clicking here.
It is through efforts such as this that the
world may be able to find a viable option over fossil fuels...and maybe have a
bit of fun doing it.
Hoosier Racing Tire congratulates the students
from Delft University of Technology on their world record achievement while
riding on Hoosier racing tires.