Sunday 1 May 2011

Peugeot EX1 Concept sets new electric vehicle record on Nürburgring

Updated: 04/05/11

The Peugeot EX1 concept has a new electric vehicle record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Driving the three-wheeler was Stéphane Caillet, who took 9 minutes and 1 second to lap around the 12 mile (20.8km) Nordschleife track. The car clocked an average speed of 85.9mph (138km/h).

The new records beats the previous EV record of 9:51.45 seconds by 50 seconds.

Press Release:

For the first time in its history, Peugeot last weekend attempted to set a record on the Nordschleife track. Stéphane Caillet, driver and tuner-technician from the Company’s Research & Development Centre, was at the wheel of the EX1 Concept Car, which covered the circuit's 20.832 kilometres (12.944 miles), convincingly beating the electric speed record for a lap.

With its 73 bends and 300 metres of altitude difference, the Nordschleife has a reputation for being the toughest circuit in the world.

It was on this legendary circuit, the longest in the world, and the main venue for the German Grand Prix until the mid-1970s, that EX1 beat an electric speed record by putting in a lap time of 9 minutes, 1.338 seconds (9:01.338) at an average speed of 138.324 km/h (85.951 mph), despite weather conditions which were far from favourable.

The previous electric speed record on this circuit was the time of 9:51.45 seconds clocked in 2010.

The record achieved by EX1 was formally recognised by WIGE Performance, the official time-keeping body for the Nordschleife.

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