A MEMBER of the House of Lords has broken the world speed record for an electric car at Elvington Airfield.
Lord Drayson got behind the wheel of his converted 600bhp Lola Le Mans race car at the airfield’s racetrack on Tuesday 25 June where he hit 204.2mph.
This broke the previous record of 175mph, which was set by the US-built Battery Box Electric back in 1974.
The Labour peer’s record-breaking ‘Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype’ is built by Drayson Racing in Oxford.
Lord Drayson, 53, an entrepreneur who was the science minister from 2008 to 2010, had to perform two runs at the airfield within an hour for the record to stand.
He said: “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable.
“Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level.
“It is not the outright speed that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1,000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile.
“What it, I hope, shows to people is just what the future potential of electric cars is.”
Drayson Racing is a research and development business pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in motorsport.