A small looking electric racing car named, Grimsel after Alpine pass. built by Swiss engineering students has smashed the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles.

The car reaches 100kph (62mph) in just 1.513 seconds. This is about a quarter of a second off the previous record time of 1.799 seconds.

A video was published Thursday of the team demolishing the Guinness World Record for “Fastest 0-60 mph acceleration by an electric kart.” This previous record was set by a team from the University of Stuttgart last year.

The speed the car reaches is faster than any electronic production car in the world. So far, no petrol-powered production car has managed to hit the same speed in a comparable time.

The car named, Grimsel needed only 30 meters (98ft) of track to reach the landmark speed. The record was set on a race track on the Dubendorf air base near Zurich.

The car was built and refined over the last year by 30 students studying at ETH Zurich (ETZ) and Lucerne’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Almost all the car’s parts were custom built apart from its tyres, battery cells and the motor control units. The car weighs 168kg (370lb) thanks to carbon-fiber components.

The Grimsel, is not just a demonstration vehicle but has also been used extensively in the Formula Student race competition.

Author: Ope Adedeji