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Drayson Takes Electric World Land Speed Record

Lord Drayson takes World Electric Land Speed Record
Lord Drayson takes World Electric Land Speed Record

Lord Drayson takes World Electric Land Speed Record with a speed of 204.185mph, subject to final FIA homologation.

  • Record breaking speed is an average of two runs completed within an hour in near perfect conditions at Elvington Airfield, England
  • First ever EV record using wireless charging by QualcommHalo

26 June – Elvington, UK – Drayson Racing is proud to announce that it has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph, subject to FIA homologation.

Former science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Drayson was behind the wheel of the DraysonB12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype

In near perfect conditions, the Oxford-based sustainable motorsport company smashed the previous 175mph speed, which had stood for nearly forty years, by 29.2mph.

As the new world record holder, subject to FIA homologation, Lord Drayson commented: “I’m delighted we beat the record last night and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today.”

“It is not the outright speed of 204.185mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However I’ve got a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.”

“This is a true celebration of Britain’s leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry and I’m delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution. Today we have set more British records for acceleration, which I’m also delighted about.”

Drayson Racing is a research and development business, pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport. With the electric land speed record it intends to showcase what is possible with an electric drivetrain and underscore Britain’s leadership position in the EV industry.

Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype
Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype

Source; Drayson Racing Technologies