Lola B12 69/EV Le Mans Prototype sets World Electric Land Speed Record for Drayson Racing
The previous record set in 1974 stood at 175mph (280km/h). Two runs were recorded for the new attempt that successfully smashed the previous record by 29.2mph after almost 40 years. Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire frovided the playing field with its 3000m runway.
The feat saw team owner Lord Paul Drayson take charge of the Lola B12 69/EV Le Mans Prototype powered by a Judd V10. Drayson Lola has been a participant in endurance racing showcasing bio-fuel showcase.I preparing for the record, the vehicle was adapted to run on battery power. Adjustments were made for low-drag.
Having served as Minister of Science in the UK, the driver has concentrated efforts in developing Drayson Racing. Priorities include green technologies, research and development business, and sustainable tech in motorsport. The team was the 1st to confirm participation in the 2014 inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.
Lord Drayson said, “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight 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. We hope to set more records tomorrow.” The team aims to set more records, including EV acceleration record, and remains at Elvington.