Fastest-Accelerating Electric Car in the World Goes 0 to 60 MPH in 1.513 Seconds

By: | June 24th, 2016

Academic Motorsports Club Zurich

A small electric car by the name of “grimsel,” created by a team of 30 students from the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ), has officially set a world record.

The vehicle officially set the world record for the fastest-accelerating electric car by going 0 to 60 miles per hour in a blazing 1.513 seconds on a runway at Dübendorf Air Base in Switzerland.

The grimsel edged out the previous record by two-tenths of a second, thanks to its frame of mostly carbon fiber. In addition, the little electric car utilizes four-wheel drive and an onboard computer designed to help maximize the traction control of each individual wheel.

Students from ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts make up the AMZ club responsible for the record-breaking vehicle, a perennial powerhouse when it comes to the Formula Student competition for which the car was built.

Formula Student, or Formula SAE, is a global competition that has been going strong since its inception back in 1981 and is known for producing numerous exceptional cars, many of which break or set records.

Check out the grimsel’s record-breaking run in action:

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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