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Trevor Collett | Oct, 03 2013 | 0 Comments

A group of university students in the Netherlands have broken the 0-100km/h world record for an electric car.

Their blistering time of 2.15 seconds has easily beaten the old mark of 2.68 seconds, and also bettered the 0-100km/h time of 2.3 seconds set by the ultra-fast Ariel Atom V8.

Manager for the Delft University of Technology racing team, Tim de Moree, said that the result even surpassed the team’s expectations.

“We thought that under these conditions we’d be happy with 2.30 seconds,” Mr de Moree said. “But we really didn’t expect 2.15.”

The team’s open-wheeler Formula V-style design, called the DUT12, was built by the students and used four electric motors – one mounted to each wheel – along with slick tyres.

Together, the electric motors were good for 101kW. Thanks to the lightweight design, the EV tips the scales at an incredibly light 146kg.

The team also put their smallest and lightest team member, 24 year-old Marly Kuijpers, into the driver’s seat.

No word yet from the students on whether they plan to break their own 0-100km/h record in the future.

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