Goodwood FoS: Podium Finish For Drayson Racing EVWednesday, July 17, 2013 8:27 by Arman Barari
Drayson Racing’s record-breaking electric race car celebrates another major accomplishment at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The all-electric B12 69/EV driven by Jonny Cocker completed the Goodwood hill climb course in 47.34 seconds, just 0.02 seconds behind the monstrous Peugeot 208 T16.
This is a new record for electric cars at the hill climb challenge, and a whole 6 seconds faster than the previous one, also belonging to Drayson, when they first made their debut last year. They finished in third place overall during the final shootout. A while ago the same car also broke the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record for sub-1000kg cars, clocking 204.185 mph (328.604 km/h).
The car is based on a Lola Le Mans prototype chassis and features a 634 kW (850 horsepower) electric drivetrain. During the Goodwood hill runs, the team used an innovative charging solution from QualcommHalo Wireless Charging technology. Using portable pads in the floor they have eliminated the need for plugging the car in and got rid of all the wires.
Commenting on the Goodwood result, Lord Drayson, CEO of Drayson Racing Technologies, said: “A podium finish here at Goodwood, where there are over 300 cars from many eras and racing classes competing up the hill, illustrates how swiftly we are developing electric vehicle technology through motorsport competition. Clearly we have some work to do before electric beats the internal combustion engine at Goodwood. There’s always next year, though.”