Students from the University of Stuttgart have landed a Guinness World Record for the fastest acceleration from a standstill. The students set the record in a specially built EV racing car. The driver inside the small car was able to go from a standstill to 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds. The students participating in the record setting run were all part of GreenTeam at the university.
The new record topped the previous by a mere 0.006 seconds. The old record was set by a team of students from ETH Zurich. The vehicle used in the records setting sprint is a 100 kW AWD racing car designed specifically for racing in the Formula Student competitions.
The vehicle has four motors and a 6.62 kWh battery pack. The entire car weighs in at 160kg giving it a power to weight ratio of 1.6 kg/watt. To compare, a F1 car has a power to weight ratio of around 1.0 kg/kW.
To set a new record runs were performed in two directions by driver Priska Schmid. The folks from Guinness World Records will confirm the record in the coming weeks. Check out the video to see what a run to 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds looks like.