A team of students from Swiss universities has set a new record for the fastest acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in an electric vehicle (EV), with Mythen. The fully hand-built electric race car – named Mythen after a mountain in the Schwyzer Alps of Central Switzerland – achieved the feat in just 0.956 seconds, beating the previous record by over one-third.
A team of students from the Academic Motorsports Club Zürich, Swiss universities ETH Zürich, and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, has made this record. Their EV has beaten the previous record, set by the German Greenteam, comprising 20 German students, of 1.461 seconds.
Mythen has four hub-mounted electric motors, churning out 326 horsepower. The one-of-a-kind racecar weighs just 140 kilograms. The remarkable milestone of accelerating from a complete standstill to 100 kmph in only 0.956 seconds was accomplished on an airbase strip in Dubendorf, Switzerland. The vehicle covered the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 12.3 meters.
The record has been officially affiliated by the Guinness World Records. A behind-the-scenes video of this mind-bending record was shared on YouTube by ETH Zurich.