Lola and Drayson-Racing show off 850 horsepower electric racecar


For those that think electric cars don’t have the ability to run with the big boys when it comes to power and speed, it looks like the folks over at Drayson Racing and Lola have something to say about that. While many may think electric cars are simply good for only saving money at the pump, Drayson and Lola have been hard at work working developing the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV.

The electric racecar, which is the collective effort of both companies, packs a staggering 850-horsepower (640kW) from an electric charge. Having just unveiled their speed demon at the 6th MIA International Low Carbon Racing Conference, the Lola-Drayson is said to achieve sprint speeds of 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, and 0 to 100 in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of over 200 mph.

According to Drayson Racing the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV is just a first in series that it plans bringing to the 2013 FIA Formula E series – a racing event held for electrics only.


But what is powering this green machine? Helping move this eco-friendly racer are four YASA-750 axial flux motors which help propel the 700 volt system. Charging the Drayson-Lola is achieved with a new state-of-the-art inductive Qualcomm Halo system.

We can’t help but come away impressed with what Drayson and Lola have achieved. The numbers the B12/69EV is touting are certainly impressive in a standard racecar, let alone an EV. While the low carbon racing industry is still in a state of relative infancy, it would appear that with the cars likely success, it should further serve to illustrate exactly what electric cars are capable of.


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