Say "Netherlands' Delft University of Technology." Now, understand that, in less than the time it took you to read that, students of that particular school can fling their electric car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). Pretty impressive, wouldn't you say?
The university's racing team had apparently been looking to get its DUT12 racing EV to go from 0-62 in 2.3 seconds, which would've beaten the previous record for an electric vehicle by about a third of a second. In fact, the team outdid even those ambitious dreams by clocking in at 2.15 seconds, Wired reports. The 323-pound car was helped out by its all-wheel drive system (think about that: a 323-pound car with four-wheel drive), not to mention the fact that the team used its lightest driver. Who must've had a really good time. Top speed on the DUT12 is about 81 miles per hour. How many seconds does it take to get there, we wonder.
Delft University have been making appearances on these pages for years. We reported back in October 2007 that the university's solar-powered Nung4 won Australia's 3,000-km World Solar Challenge for the fourth straight year. Check out the school's webpage for the DUT12 here and see videos of the run below.