Some people may say that Swiss are slow, but 30 students of ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts just proved them wrong: In less than one year, the Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) built a world-record breaking electric racing car named “grimsel”, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.513 seconds in under 30 meters! Congratulations!
“grimsel” on its record journey in Dubendorf. (video: AMZ Racing)
The previous world record of 1.779s held by a team of the University of Stuttgart was smashed on the military airfield in Dübendorf (Zurich) on June 22. It took only one attempt to break the record, but after further fine tuning the shortest time was achieved in the afternoon. In order to ensure compliance with the Guinness rules, experts from industry and academia monitored the race closely.
“grimsel’s” secret is its strong acceleration, maximized by individually controlled torque distribution for each wheel. Furthermore, it is a very light carbon fibre construction at a total weight of 168 kg and it produces about 200 hp (147 kW). The car already proved very successful during this season’s Formula Student competitions, winning three races and achieving extremely high average scores.
The winning Formula Student team (picture: ETH Zurich/ Alessandro Della Bella)
If you would like to see the car with your own eyes, there is the chance to do so at ETH Zurich’s Treffpunkt Science City, on Sunday, November 9 between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, at the ETH Hönggerberg campus!