Electric Car Claims 0-to-60 MPH In 3.2 Seconds

Fans of fast cars usually take a rather dim view of electric vehicles. Seen as way too slow to pack the punch of traditional sports cars, telling a motor racing fan you just bought yourself a hybrid sounds about as impressive to them as saying you just got stabilizers fitted on your push bike.

Things are changing though. In the last few years more and more car makers have been bringing out their own hybrid or fully electric sports cars which, while they may not quite be up to Nascar speeds, are nonetheless pretty impressive.

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image via Quimera

The latest green speed machine is the AEDC, a prototype developed by the Spanish firm Quimera and a British car designer Alex Letteriello.

The AEDC is an all-electric car designed to race in drifting competitions and it complies with all safety regulations. Aside from its majestic design, the car has a 0-60 mph of  3.2 seconds, making it—so its manufacturers say—one of the fastest electric vehicles on the planet.

Letteriello, the mastermind behind the project, built the car with a small and dedicated team at his base in Andover, Hampshire, for Quimera, an international project management company specializing in clean energy.

The AEDC will be racing in the first non-fossil fueled Motor Sport Championship, organized by Quimera, Formula Drift, the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In anticipation of its racing debut, Quimera are asking for people to come up with a design to go on the bodywork of the drift car.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.

    • Stillfantasydrunk

      fun lookin ride

    • Blackdragon1899

      But there are already electric converted cars that can accelerate faster than that. It is not the fastest. But still glad to hear more people trying electrics.

    • http://www.glenribbeen.com/ Pfiddle

      So one can get a speeding ticket in less than 4 seconds. Impressive.
      Lets concentrate on distance and time. Less on toys-for-(rich)-boys.