Wednesday, 18 December 2013

0-62mph in 2.15 seconds

The DUT13, an ultra-light single-seater car is not only more than half a second faster than the existing record holder, it's faster than any production car -- including the Bugatti Veyron.

The car, called the DUT13, was built by a group of Delft University of Technology students and, thanks to a generous helping of carbon fibre in the construction process, the finished car, which looks like a Formula One racer that's been put on too hot a rinse cycle in the washing machine, weighs in at just over 145kg (320lbs).

To give it sufficient ‘oomph' to get off the line it uses not one, but four individual electric motors, one at each wheel -- just like Mercedes-Benz's all-electric supercar, the SLS AMG Electric Drive.

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