Lord Paul Drayson, the former Cabinet minister turned endurance racer, has announced a shock bid to break the British and world land speed records for electric cars at Elvington airfield, Yorkshire, on 25 June.
Driving his own Drayson B12 69/EV, Lord Drayson aims to exceed 200mph on Elvington’s 1.86-mile runway, shattering both the FIA-sanctioned British mark for electric vehicles under 1000kg of 151.6mph, set last September, and the world mark of 175mph that has stood for nearly 40 years.
On such a short course, Lord Drayson says, the technical challenges of managing his car’s heat and aerodynamics are enormous. FIA-backed record speeds are averaged over a measured mile, which, on a 1.86-mile runway, leaves the car just 0.4 miles to accelerate and brake at either end of the measured mile.
The record-bid car, developed and run by Drayson Racing Technologies (DRT) at a base in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, is recognisable as the Lola-Judd biofuelled Le Mans prototype that the team has previously raced. But it has since been fitted with a new, DRT-developed electric powertrain.