Peugeot has set a record for the fastest lap for an electric car on Germany’s Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit with its EX1 Concept.
The EX1 put in a lap time of 9 minutes 1.338 seconds (9:01.338) at an average speed of 138.324 km/h (85.951 mph), in poor weather conditions.
The EX1 is a two-seater roadster powered by two electric motors, one located at the front and the other at the rear of the vehicle. Together they produce a peak maximum power of 340 bhp with a constant torque of 240 Nm.
Stéphane Caillet, driver and tuner-technician from the Peugeot’s Research & Development Centre, was at the wheel of the EX1 Concept Car, which covered the circuit’s 20.832 kilometres (12.944 miles).
With its 73 bends and 300 metres of altitude difference, the Nordschleife is the longest circuit in the world, and it was the main venue for the German Grand Prix until the mid-1970s.
The previous electric speed record on this circuit was the time of 9:51.45 seconds set in 2010.