Students from Switzerland's ETH Zurich university have successfully set a new 0-100km/h world record time for an electric car, completing the benchmark sprint in a mind-numbing 1.513 seconds.
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With support from the BMW Group, and in partnership with students from Lucerne University located 50km south of Zurich, the student-developed open-wheel ETH Zurich EV set the world record sprint time during testing, ahead of this year’s Formula Student competition.

According to a release on the record-breaking run, the 168kg (predominantly carbon-fibre) open-wheeler features four wheel-hub motors that transfer a combined 149kW of power to the road, via “four-wheel-drive technology”.

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Breaking the previous world record EV 0-100km/h time of 1.779 seconds, set in 2015 by a team from the University of Stuttgart, the ETH Zurich car needed less than 30 metres of a military airstrip near Zurich to break triple figures.

Officially kicking off at the Silverstone circuit in the UK July 14-17, the Formula Student competition – founded in 2006 – will see 115 teams from more than 25 nations compete against each other, with teams' open-wheel racers judged not only on dynamic metrics comprising acceleration, skid-pad, autocross, endurance, and efficiency, but also on presentation, design and cost analysis.

Formula Student Austria – held August 1-4 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg – will follow the UK event, with Formula Student Germany set for the Hockenheimring August 8-14.

Australia’s own Monash Motorsport student team is set to compete in this year’s event, with its turbocharged KTM-sourced 510cc one-cylinder-powered ‘M15-R’ set to be one of many combustion engines tacking the fight to 40 EV racers… Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.