Baden-Württemberg: Record attempt: Fastest accelerating electric vehicle

From 0 to 100 in under 1.

Baden-Württemberg: Record attempt: Fastest accelerating electric vehicle

From 0 to 100 in under 1.5 seconds - that's what this world record attempt is all about. Stuttgart students have built an electric racing car with which they want to make history. It's about more than just winning a title.

Horb am Neckar (dpa/lsw) - 20 students from the University of Stuttgart want to break a world record for acceleration with an electric racing car they have constructed themselves. The aim is to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in less than one and a half seconds. During the test on Thursday (12:00 p.m.) at a fire brigade site in Horb am Neckar (Freudenstadt district), the self-proclaimed green team is also concerned with bringing the record for the fastest accelerating electric vehicle back to Germany.

In 2012, the Stuttgart-based company claimed to have set the record by accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.681 seconds. Teams from the Netherlands and Switzerland broke him. In 2015, the Stuttgart team recaptured the title with a time of 1.779 seconds. The Swiss undercut the record just a year later. Since then, it has been a matter of cracking 1.513 seconds.

"We are extremely motivated and have invested so much time and energy in the project that we are firmly convinced that we can break the world record," said Pavel Povolni, the first chairman of the Greenteam Uni Stuttgart sponsorship association. The Greenteam was founded in 2009 and regularly takes part in the international design competition for students "Formula Student".

His carbon racing car weighs just under 145 kilograms and achieves an output of up to 180 kilowatts thanks to four-wheel drive with motors developed in-house and a new high-voltage battery. The vehicle can achieve an acceleration of 2.5g. That is roughly comparable to the force that astronauts experience when the rocket re-enters the earth's atmosphere.

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