Thursday, April 18, 2024

Hand-built mythen breaks EV acceleration world record

Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) has designed and hand-built, mythen, an electric racing car that broke the previous world acceleration record for electric vehicles.

AMZ team consists of students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

mythen is equipped with a lightweight carbon and aluminium honeycomb, which helps to keep its weight only around 137 kg (302 pounds). All the components used in the mythen, including printed circuit boards (PCBs), chassis, and the battery, were developed and optimized for their function by the AMZ members themselves. The AMZ members have also developed a four-wheel hub motor, and a unique powertrain gives the vehicle its impressive power of 240 kilowatts or around 326 hp.

A student named Kate Maggetti drove mythen on the Switzerland Innovation Park in Duebendorf, Switzerland. Their racing car accelerated from zero to 100 km/h (zero to 62.15 mph) in just 0.956 seconds, accomplishing this feat over a distance of only 12.3 meters (40.3 ft) from the starting line.

Guinness World Records has also confirmed that AMZ teams’ mythen is the “Fastest 0-100 km/h acceleration by an electric car. It is the first electric vehicle that has achieved the sub-one second mark and also broke the previous world acceleration record for electric vehicles of 1.461 seconds, which was set by a team from the University of Stuttgart in September 2022.

“Working on the project in addition to my studies was very intense. But even so, it was a lot of fun working with other students to continually produce new solutions and put into practice what we learned in class. And, of course, it is an absolutely unique experience to be involved in a world record,” said Yann Bernard, head of motor at AMZ, in a statement.