The Fastest Electric Car
What is the fastest electric car? You may have heard its Genovation’s Corvette. That is a partial truth. The Genovation Corvette is the world’s fastest street legal electric car. However, the title of fastest electric car in history belongs to the Formula Student Team from Zürich’s Academic Motorsports Association.
The racer, affectionately named Grimsel, weighs just 370 lbs and is powered by four 50-hp motors. The total torque is 1,202 lb-ft and it uses a traction control and torque vectoring system. This results in a record time of 0-62mph in 1.513 seconds.
AMZ Smashes Previous Records
Though Academic Motorsports Association (AMZ) held the record for fastest electric car in 2014, the University of Stuttgart took the title from them with 1.779 seconds in July of 2015. This latest documented acceleration time puts AMZ back on top. The gap between the University of Stuttgart’s time and the new record set by AMZ is obviously substantial. AMZ may hold the record for many years to come.
Electric Cars and Guinness World Records
AMZ achieved its record time at an Air Base in Dübendorf Switzerland, with experts watching to make sure it met all the relevant Guinness World Records guidelines. Guinness World Records has yet to record the new title on their site.
Other Records Involving Electric Cars
Fastest Quarter Mile – Set by Mate Rimac in 2012
Taken from Guinness World Records: The fastest 1/4 mile by an electric car is 11.850 sec, achieved by Mate Rimac (Croatia) driving a modified BMW M3 E30, at ETC, Velika Gorica, Croatia, on 17 April 2012. Rimac’s BMW has been equipped with a 440 kW electric motor powered by batteries rated at 24 kWh. At the 1/4 mile marker the car was travelling at a speed of 122.23 kmh (75.949 mph).
Fastest Eighth Mile – Set by Mate Rimac in 2012
Taken from Guinness World Records: The fastest 1/8 mile by an electric car is 7.604 sec, achieved by Mate Rimac (Croatia) driving a modified BMW M3 E30, at ETC, Velika Gorica, Croatia, on 17 April 2012. Rimac’s BMW has been equipped with a 440 kW electric motor powered by batteries rated at 24 kWh. At the 1/8 mile marker the car was travelling at a speed of 95.24 kmh (59.179 mph).
The Highest Average Speed of an Electric Car – Set by Roger Schroder
Taken from Guinness World Records: The highest average speed achieved for an electric vehicle is 495.140 km/h (307.666 mi/h) over a two-way flying mile by Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2 designed and built by engineering students at The Ohio State University at the university’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR), driven by Roger Schroer (USA) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, on 24 August 2010.