Paul Drayson has set a new world speed record for an electric car under 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs).

Paul Drayson has set a new world speed record for an electric car under 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs).

He drove a Lola B12 69/EV modified Le Mans prototype racing car and managed to hit a top speed of 204.2 mph (328.63 km/h) at a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire. The achievement is being described as a method for highlighting the potential of EV technology.

The original car had a bio-ethanol fuel engine but was replaced by an electric motor and a lightweight 20 kWh battery pack providing 600 bhp (480 kW). The chassis of the vehicle had to be adapted and was manufactured from recycled carbon fiber to minimize air friction.

The previous record was established in 1974 by Battery Box General Electric with a speed of 175 mph (281.64 km/h).

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