Drayson Racing Technologies established the new world record on Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) world electric land speed record when the lightweight electric powered car reached the top speed of 328.6 km per hour. The British team broke all the world land speed records for the lightweight electric car after the car named Lola B12 69/EV crossed the previous top speed record of 281.6kph at a Royal Air Force base in Yorkshire.
The Chief Executive of Drayson Racing Technologies, Lord Drayson, who drove the car, explained that the car was designed to highlight about the technology potential of electronic vehicle. The previous record of top speed was 281.6kph, which was set up by Battery Box General electric in 1974.
In order to be eligible for an attempt on Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) world electric land speed record, Drayson Racing Technologies team needed to make the vehicle less than 1000 kg of weight without the driver.
In order to achieve this eligibility, the team adapted Le Mans Series car which was designed by it earlier and had bio-ethanol fuel engine originally fitted into it. This engine was replaced by lightweight 20 kilowatt hour battery which offered 850 horsepower. Apart from this, the chassis of the vehicle was also adapted. The chassis was made from recycled carbon fibre, which enabled the car to minimise air friction.