They call it the 'Grimsel' and named it after a pass in the Alpines. But that's not why the 'Grimsel' is special. In fact, it has created a new world record and entered the Guiness record books. Grimsel is the name of a new all-electric race car, developed solely by students and has entered the Guiness World Records for being the fastest accelerating electric car in the world.
Developed by 30 students from ETH Zurich, the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ), the Grimsel was recently demonstrated breaking all the speed records at the runway at Dübendorf Air Base in Switzerland. The fastest accelerating electric car can do 0-100 kmph in 1.513 seconds, smashing the previous record by more than 200 milliseconds.
The series of video released shows the making of the record and also behind the video story. The record has been entered in the Guinness world record for fastest accelerating electric vehicles. Not only this, the Grimsel is also faster than all the production cars in the world right now, and also beats the insanely fast F1 cars.
If these numbers are to be believed, Grimsel is half a second faster than world’s fastest production electric cars including the Tesla. Even the fastest production cars are of no match to the Grimsel and are at least 0.7 seconds slower than it. Few numbers are - Porsche 918 Spyder (2.2 sec), Ferrari LaFerrari (2.4 sec), Bugatti Veyron (2.5 sec).
The previous record holder, Zombie 222 electric Mustang is two-tenths of a second slower than the Grimsel. The team at AMZ used carbon fiber to manufacture the car so as to keep the weight in check. It is driven by a four-wheel drive system and has an on-board computer system that offers traction control to each individual wheel.
With a total weight of merely 172 kgs, and peak power output of 216hp, Grimsel has a power to weight ratio of 1.26 hp/kg. When tested at the military airfield in Dübendorf, the electric car took less than 30 meters to reach a speed of 100 kmph. Experts from Guinness records ensured that the vehicle complied with all regulations laid down by Guinness Book of World Records.
We have attached the video to show you how fast the 'Grimsel’ is. The car is not restricted to demonstration purposes, but has also been used extensively in the Formula Student race competition. With the growing call to reduce the carbon footprint of cars, and especially motorsports, Grimsel can prove to be a major milestone.
Series like Formula E are already doing wonders to promote the clean energy in motorsports and Grimsel can be of real help in improving the Formula E cars.