The 204.2mph Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype racing car is seeking new speed records to break, and so it is going to have a crack at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah later this month. It is another attempt to raise the sub-1000kg electric car world land speed record.
Under the leadership of Lord Dryson, racing driver and former UK science minister, the team is aiming to demonstrate the future possibilities of EV technology by setting speed records and take on challenges usually reserved for high-powered, gas-guzzling gasoline-powered cars.
The car they have prepared for the job is a technological marvel. The B12 69/EV Drayson Racing Electric Car boasts the equivalent of 800 horsepower, and since the car weighs next to nothing, and all of the torque is available from zero rpm, its performance is mind-boggling.
Lightweight materials are another field of interest or Dryson, as it wireless charging technology. They have teamed up San Diego based Qualcomm, a leading provider of wireless technology and services, who provides the car with their WEVC system that uses inductive wireless energy transfer to eliminate the plug-in cord used in most electric cars today.
Working on sustainable forms of racing since 2007, Dryson was the first team to sign up for the newly formed Formula E championship, which kicks off next year.