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Peugeot EX1 sets a lap record at the Nurburgring

By Rigval on 11 May 2011

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This is breaking news. Or sort of actually. The Peugeot EX1 all-electric concept race car has set a new speed record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife!

But before we break out the glasses and champange please note that the record is for an electric car and not the overall Nurburgring record.

The Peugeot EX1 was piloted by Stephane Caillet and lapped the 20.8km Nordschleife in 9 minutes 1.338 seconds with an average speed of (yawn) 138.324km/h. Note that Peugeot have quoted until the 1/1000th of a decimal point for both lap time and average speed. I suppose when you're going this slow every 1/1000th of a second counts. The previous electric car record lap was somewhere in the region of 9 minutes 51.0938849393 seconds. I have no idea what car did that previous lap time and I don't really care. This is because you could do that sort of time in a Ford Transit van (note Ms Sabine Schimdt in one of the Top Gear episodes).

What this basically shows is that electric cars may look as good as the Peugeot EX1 concept car, but Batmobile looks aren't everything. It also tells us that electric cars still have a long way to go in terms of outright performance. You see, even though the Peugeot EX1 has twin electric motors making about 345bhp, I believe Peugeot had to tell the driver to take it easy on the throttle as batteries may drain faster than usual knowing the current lack of range in all electric cars built today.

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In fact, if I were to give an example, the green, frog-like car featured above could lap the Nordschleife in around 7 minutes 30seconds or so. And it also sounds stupendous while doing it. Unlike an electric car which would sound exactly like the electric 1/10th scale car that you see people play with. Which is slightly better sounding than a blender.

So until the times (and range) of electric cars start tumbling closer to what fossil fuel driven cars can achieve, only then may more people start believing in their potential.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Powersteer May 11 2011 04:59 PM
if you dun really care, then why even write the article in the 1st place?
Rigval May 11 2011 09:50 PM
"The previous electric car record lap was somewhere in the region of 9 minutes 51.0938849393 seconds. I have no idea what car did that previous lap time and I don't really care. "

I do not think I have stated anywhere in the article that I didn't care about the topic in the first place. I suddenly feel like a mis-quoted politician....... laugh.gif
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