FCI, a global electric connector manufacturer, has signed a partnership with Formulec to sponsor its Formula 1 electric race car. Called the EF01, the electric vehicle took two and half years to develop in conjunction with automotive professionals from the Segula Technologies consulting firm and the Formula 1 team for Merceds – GP Petronas.
The EF01 is built with batteries from French company Saft, an engine from Siemens, and a high performance connector from FCI that transmits power from the battery to the engine. Able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a stunning three seconds flat, the EF01 has a top speed of 162 miles per hour.
At this point, the EF01 is one of the quickest electric cars on the planet. Even high-end automaker Tesla Motors hasn’t released a vehicle with such impressive speed, although the races the vehicles compete in are much different. We recently reported the fastest electric motorcycle hit a top speed of 190 miles per hour, proving electric vehicles are beginning to catch-up to gasoline powered racers in terms of performance.
Formulec isn’t stopping at developing what the team claims is the world’s fastest electric racing car – the group is planning to set up an entire race in 2012 for electric cars.