The Formula Student team from the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) has a very fast car: the 'grimsel' electric race car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 kmh) in only 1.513 seconds and with that sets a new world record. Only 30 meters of the Dübendorf airbase near Zurich was required for achieving this result. The previous record (1.779 seconds) had been held since last year by the team from the University of Stuttgart.

A team with 30 students from the ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts built the 'grimsel' in less than a year. The car weighs only 168 kg, has four-wheel-drive with a separate motor for each wheel, in total good for 200 horsepower and a torque of no less than 1700 Nm. An ingenious traction control system optimizes the performance of each wheel individually.

In the international Formula Student competition of 2014, grimsel had a number of successes and earned 920 out of a maximum of 1000 points.


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