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July 5, 2012

The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV has set a speed record for electric cars, at the Goodwood Festiv...

The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV has set a speed record for electric cars, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (Photo: Noel McKeegan/Gizmag)

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This past January, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV was unveiled to the public. Created by Drayson Racing Technologies and the Lola Cars group, it promised to be the fastest electric-powered racing car in the world. Well, it looks like it’s on its way to fulfilling that promise, as it set a speed record this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Powered by its 850-horsepower electric drivetrain, the LeMans racer competed against conventional race cars last Sunday, in a series of timed runs of Goodwood’s hillclimb course. Driver Paul Drayson’s second run of the day, at a time of 53.91 seconds, placed the car eleventh overall – it also set a festival record, however, for electric cars on the hillclimb.

Sunday also marked the first time that the car has raced in a public venue.

The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV features an 850-horsepower electric drivetrain (Photo: Noel McKe...

“The car was just stellar today,” said Lord Drayson, Managing Partner at Drayson Racing Technologies. “As the track dried out and we could use all the torque from the electric drive, our times kept improving. I am delighted that we have achieved this record on our first public outing with the car.”

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual high-performance motoring event that takes place at the Goodwood Estate, in West Sussex, England.

Source: Drayson Racing Technologies

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4 Comments

So, how fast did it go? how long was the track? The content doesn't deliver on the headline...

Gearhead
5th July, 2012 @ 07:41 pm PDT

@Gearhead...If you really want ot know just Google it!

dgate
6th July, 2012 @ 07:16 am PDT

re; Gearhead

It went very fast for a short distance.

Slowburn
6th July, 2012 @ 07:50 am PDT

I've been following this racer for a long time and interviewed Paul. It's the beginning of something big, when we can tackle endurance in ev racing.

Nicolas Zart
6th July, 2012 @ 01:26 pm PDT
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