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University students build an electric car that can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than a second

A team of applied science students from ETH Zurich and the University of Lucerne have set an impressive acceleration world record with an electric car that surprises everyone.

Previously, the University of Stuttgart held the record with a time of 1.461 seconds for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.15 mph). But the Zurich students surpassed this record in spectacular fashion, achieving an astonishing acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 0.956 seconds and covering a distance of 12.3 meters.

This extraordinary achievement was achieved thanks to the hard work of the team belonging to the Academic Motorsport Club Zurich (AMZ). According to the TechSpot report, the students dedicated a year to building the electric vehicle, which they called “Myths.”

Overcoming the challenges and setbacks along the way, her determination and effort ultimately paid off when driver Kate Maggetti set the electric vehicle acceleration world record in front of the Guinness jury on a test track in Dübendorf, Switzerland.

Myth Details

Despite its modest and small appearance, Mythen was deliberately designed to be as light as possible. With a carbon and aluminum chassis, the vehicle weighs just 140 kilograms. Power comes from four-wheel electric motors that produce a total of 326 horsepower.

One of the biggest challenges was aerodynamics, as it’s not just the performance that matters when it comes to record-breaking acceleration. The AMZ team implemented a clever solution: an aerodynamics under the car that creates a ground effect and practically doubles the contact force with the track from the moment of descent.

Although the students achieved an amazing record, they are aware that the competition is fierce and that other teams will try to surpass their performance next year. AMZ has already held the record twice, in 2014 and 2016, and is therefore determined to work tirelessly to maintain its place at the forefront of electric acceleration well into the future.

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