The torque response of traction motors provokes electric vehicle manufacturers to compete in reducing the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h.
One of the benchmarks in this area is the Tesla Model S Plaid, which is capable of exchanging a “hundred” in less than 2 seconds. German students from the University of Stuttgart have succeeded in creating an electric car that breaks this milestone in 1.461 seconds, setting a new world record for electric vehicles.
The difference between these two electric vehicles is that the Tesla Model S Plaid remains an everyday-friendly electric vehicle that allows five people to move comfortably, while the creation of the GreenTeam team of 20 German students is a compact single-seat racing electric car without doors and a carbon fiber body. Initially, the record run was planned to be carried out at the Bosch training ground in Germany in early September, but the attempt was crowned with success only on October 6th. At the same time, the new record was officially registered by representatives of the Guinness Book of Records.
The weight of this vehicle does not exceed 145 kg, while it is equipped with an electric power plant with a capacity of 180 kW (241 hp) and all-wheel drive. The maximum acceleration developed by this ultra-light electric car reaches 2.5 g. This allowed the German students to surpass the previous record set by the Swiss AMZ Racing team, which was able to accelerate their electric car to 100 km/h in 1.513 seconds. Even Formula 1 cars do not develop accelerations of more than 2 g, so the German electric car creates quite serious overloads.
Of course, unlike the Tesla Model S Plaid, these prototypes are not serial, so you can talk about the practical value of the record for a long time. If we talk specifically about the products of the German car industry, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S accelerates to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds, but the students from Stuttgart are especially proud that a new world record was set on German soil. The American company Lucid recently also recently introduced an electric car capable of accelerating to 100 km / h in less than 2 seconds, but it should be borne in mind that such a car costs at least $ 249,000.