First Tesla gave us insane mode and then ludicrous mode, but a team of Swiss students just put electric vehicle acceleration into absolutely bananas mode, reports Inhabitat.
The Grimsel electric racing car created at the ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts set a new world record in less time than it takes to read this sentence.
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Thirty students from ETH developed and built the Grimsel vehicle using lightweight carbon fiber materials. Weighing only about 370 pounds, the racing car has four-wheel drive, a sophisticated traction control system, and wheel hub motors that can generate 200 horsepower and 1,700 newton meters of torque, according to the university.
With student Nina Fuchs behind the wheel, the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich team put Grimsel to the test on the track at Dübendorf Air Base. Against a stunning Alps backdrop, the vehicle went from zero to 60 in 1.513 seconds. That was enough to smash the 1.779 seconds record set by a University of Stuttgart team last year.
For comparison, that completely creams the acceleration capabilities of large-scale production cars. Tesla introduced "insane mode" in 2014, allowing the Model S P85D to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Last year, the Model S P90D came with "ludicrous mode," achieving the same feat in only 2.8 seconds.
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The record-breaking Grimsel is actually the team's fifth electric vehicle. I don't think they're going to be resting on these laurels long, though. Given how competitive these students are, we're going to need a bunch of new descriptive words for unbelievable EV acceleration.
In case you not sure what acceleration in under 2 seconds really means, get your goggles on and let the ETH team show you here: