A group of Dutch students have managed to break the electric vehicle acceleration record by taking their creation from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in just 2.15 seconds.

It represents a massive increase on the previous record which stood at 2.68 seconds and was quicker than team manager Tim de Moree had expected. “We thought that under these conditions we’d be happy with 2.30,” de Moree said. “But we really didn’t expect 2.15.”

Amazingly, the time even eclipses the production car record of 2.3 seconds that was achieved by the Ariel Atom V8 in 2010.

The electric car was created at Delft University of Technology and comes with wheel-mounted electric motors that provide a combined output of 135HP. It has a dry weight of just 320 lbs (145kg) and the run was further helped by its driver, Marly Kuijpers who was the smallest member of the team.

Students hit 0-100kph in 2.15s - breaks electric vehicle world record