Peugeot sets ‘electric’ Nürburgring lap record

imagePeugeot’s EX1 Concept has set a lap record at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife for an electric car.
Peugeot has set a record lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for an electric car.

The company’s EX1 Concept Car was driven by Stéphane Caillet, driver and technician at Peugeot’s Research and Development Centre, around the 13-mile circuit in a time of nine minutes, 1.338 seconds.

This equates to an average speed of almost 86mph and beats the previous record, set in 2010 by a race prepared MINI E of 9:51.45.

The EX1 is a two-seater roadster powered by a pair of electric motors (one for each axle) producing 340bhp and driving all four wheels. Even with the 30kWh lithium ion batteries on board the concept weighs just 750kg thanks to its carbon-fibre construction.

As well as setting its Nürburgring lap time, the EX1 has been recorded as the world’s fastest accelerating electric car, covering a standing quarter mile in 12.67 seconds and sprinting from 0-62mph in 3.49 seconds.
The car, which was built by Peugeot last year as a 200th anniversary present to itself, has a top speed of 161mph. There are no plans for a production version.

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