The world record in 0 to 100 km/h is utterly boring to watch. But must be thrilling to feel

The video below presents the world record break in acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h. The feat has been performed by the kids from the ETH Zurich and their competition team, the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ). What makes it even more impressive. It must be thrilling to experience such an acceleration, but the fact is that it is utterly boring to watch. Have a look.

They have to show it 3 times to make a 20 s video. It is so fast you even have to ask if it has already ended. The car took less than 30 m to reach 100 km/h. The former record, of 1.779 seconds, belonged to the University of Stuttgart. They have managed to establish it with another electric car.



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According to AMZ, the new record is the result of “an improved usage of the motor controllers and an enhanced traction control software”. And that’s it. This is what Rimac claims that will take Nobuhiro Tajima back to the overall win at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this next weekend.

The car, named Grimsel, broke the world record in June 22, at the military airfield in Dübendorf, in Switzerand. It weighs only 168 kg and is the lightest car ever produced by AMZ. The Grimsel is powered by 4 AMZ M4 wheel hub motors. Each of them develop 37 kW and weigh 3.4 kg. Total power amounts to 148 kW; the maximum torque reaches 1630 Nm at the wheels. As a result of the aerodynamics package, top speed is limited to 110 km/h.

As impressive as it is, the Grimsel hints at a curious future. If we get there, car preparation will be related to “an improved usage of the motor controllers and an enhanced traction control software”. Are you prepared for it?

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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