Drayson Racing Technologies, a British company cofounded and led by the country’s former science minister, Paul Drayson, will attempt to break the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record at the former Elvington Royal Air Force base in Yorkshire later this month.
The attempt will reportedly be made in the sub-1,000kg class, with Drayson himself driving the car flat-out along the base's nearly 3km runway.
According to the company, the aim is to break the current 281.64kph record established by Battery Box General Electric in the United States and which has stood since 1974.
Powering the car are four Axial Flux motors, with two per rear wheel, coupled with an integrated transmission. Providing power to the electric motors is a 30kWh carbon battery cell that has been integrated into the chassis to become a structural component.
"It is not the outright speed that is impressive about this record attempt, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1,000kg electric vehicle to such a high speed and sustaining that speed over a measured mile, before stopping safely all within a relatively short distance then turning round and doing it again within an hour," said Drayson. "It's a tremendous technical challenge but we believe it's about time someone moved this record on to demonstrate just how far EV technology has come."