Drayson Racing has released video footage with the modified Lola B12 69/EV establishing a new world speed record for a lightweight electric vehicle.

Drayson Racing has released video footage with the modified Lola B12 69/EV establishing a new world speed record for a lightweight (less than 1,000 kg) electric vehicle.

Behind the wheel of the customized Le Mans prototype was Paul Drayson who managed to reach a top speed of 204.2 mph (328.63 km/h) in Yorkshire at a racetrack at RAF Elvington. He took down the old record of 175 mph (281.64 km/h) which was established back in 1974 by Battery Box General Electric.

The Lola B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype has an output of 850 bhp (634 kW) thanks to its four electric motors and a lightweight 30 kWh battery pack. Some modifications were made to the recycled carbon fiber chassis in order to lower air friction. It can perform the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 3 seconds while 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) takes 5.1 seconds.

Drayson Racing releases video of world speed record-breaking attempt for lightweight EV