The Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) was founded by students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich back in 2006. Once again this year, the club successfully staged its Formula Student Project and broke the official Guinness world record for the fastest acceleration from 0 to 100km/h by an electric vehicle. The Kistler sensor Type Correvit SFII measured the point when the magical 100km/h mark was reached.
1.513 seconds: never before has an electric racing car managed to accelerate faster from 0 to 100km/h. The old world record of 1.779 seconds, set up by a Formula student racing team from Stuttgart, Germany, stood until 22 June 2016. The same record was beaten at the first attempt on a 120-m track laid out at Dübendorf aerodrome in Switzerland. ‘grimsel’, the Swiss electric racing car, attained a speed of 100km/h after travelling only 30m. The Kistler Correvit SFII sensor played a key part in setting the new world record by registering the point when the magical 100km/h mark was reached.
Precise measurement data is crucial for an attempt on a world record, when thousandths of a second make the difference between victory or defeat. With over 50 years’ experience of measurements in the extreme range, Kistler has been a strong partner for the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich from day one, as the club’s vice-president Jonas Abeken notes: “Kistler has supported us already for the fourth season and has become a firmly established factor to our successes. When we started planning for the world record attempt, it was clear from the beginning that we wanted to use the Correvit SFII sensor again to ensure efficient control and, of course, to perform the official time measurement. So we were delighted when Kistler offered us their wholehearted support.”
Projects such as breaking the record for the fastest 0–100km/h acceleration by an electric vehicle call for courage, innovative endeavour and determination to push the existing limits. As a global innovation driver headquartered in Switzerland, Kistler is especially pleased to see that the Swiss pioneering spirit lives on – and the company is delighted that its high-calibre sensors can play an active part by continuing to foster it. By delivering measurement products that make advances possible in research and development, Kistler paves the way for the mobility of the future.
Follow this link to watch the video of the AMZ’s world record attempt – and you’ll understand how quickly 1.513 seconds actually pass!
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