Earlier this month, we reported that Drayson Racing, a British company that was cofounded and is led by the country's former science minister, Paul Drayson, was attempting to break the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record.
Well, Drayson Racing has indeed done it by running the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype at an average speed of 204.185mph (328.604kph) over two runs within an hour at the former Elvington Royal Air Force base in Yorkshire, England.
The record was reportedly broken in near-perfect conditions, smashing the previous record of 175mph (281.635kph), which had stood for nearly 40 years, by 29.2mph (46.993kph).
"I'm delighted we've beaten the record tonight and can show the world that EVs can be fast and reliable," said Drayson. "It is not the outright speed that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1,000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. This is a true celebration of Britain's leading position within the burgeoning electric-vehicle industry, and I'm delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution."
The next record Drayson Racing is hoping to set is the EV acceleration record, which, if everything goes as planned, is set for today, June 26.