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German students retest for fastest electric car title

Electrification has created a new horsepower war, where automakers are constantly looking to outdo each other with the fastest, most powerful EVs on the road. The latest electric models offer impossibly fast acceleration and stunning spec sheets, but a group of German university students put it all to shame. With a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 1,461 seconds, the student’ tram provides 1,750 horsepower per ton and maximum acceleration reaches 2.5G.

The 20-member GreenTeam from the University of Stuttgart recently set the record for fastest acceleration trambrought the title to Germany after teams from the Netherlands and Switzerland holds the record at various points over the past few years. Those teams’ times are not surprising, but the German’s 0-100 km/h time surpassed the previous record by almost a tenth of a second.

GreenTeam vehicles are built from carbon and weigh less than 145 kg (319 pounds). Its electric powertrain generates 180 kilowatts (241 hp) and the car runs on all-wheel drive, so it’s no wonder accelerate like a Saturnian rocket leave the boot. The team repaired the car the battery Packed up for the run.

Teams set a running record come after the previous attempt ended in failure. In July, a driver crashed his car during a test drive, sliding into a stack of tires. Surname repair car, but technical problems were forced to delay again the evening before the attempt to set a new record. Three weeks later, GreenTeam finally succeeded, breaking the record on September 23.


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