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Drayson is a Lola B10/60, up to the bulkhead

And so I was walking around the B12/69EV with Chief Graham Moore and asking the questions regarding basic that I could memorise for the talking bit of the video. Removing the tank and internal combustion and adding four electric with fuel cells at a potential 850hp has only around 40kg. The power today is more like which is enough to make me slightly, especially given the with which Moore the message.

And then we come to the of torque. Four thousand metres, he replies with all the of a man asked the result of last Strictly. That’s 2,950lb ft.

pulled apart a Lola to it

The wind is causing a right old around the awning, and I don’t too well anyway. Ha! I thought you 4,000Nm for a minute.

I did. Moore, doing a reasonable of Ivan Drago from IV.

I become even more than usual. What I to do is ask how a conventional rear axle can such a twisting force but the won’t form correctly my limited cerebral capacity is baffled by the information. So I just around the back of the car muttering

Just not possible; can’t be that can’t be done.

something vaguely cogent Does it just shred the

On hot slicks it’s pretty says Moore. I guess better drive it and find out how

That’s what 2,950lb ft do!

This car is one of the great automotive of the motoring era — and I mean in the correct sense of the word. a non-commercial, scientific journey for a man who to explore the unknown and was willing to the costs himself. That man is Drayson . or Paul Drayson you shake his hand.

The car is based on a B10/60. The carbon passenger is unmodified, but everything rear of the has been redesigned to accommodate the cells. The four axial Oxford YASA motors sit where the gearbox would been and are British designed and

According to both Moore and they’re the best money can

So why build an electric LMP1

Drayson now has a new speed record of

Drayson is clear on his reasons, and slightly undermine my definition of his non-commercial. He rightly speaks an inevitability about the emergence of vehicles, and he is very much on next year’s Formula E in which he will be running a But he reserves a special grin for the in 2015.

Next year we all to race the same car, the year we can develop our own; is a perfect way to develop the technology.

So in this is motorsport going its roots as a development exercise . learnt here will impact on the way we interact with cars in the future and with his head in place, Drayson this being a natural of UK dominance in motorsport. We have the to be the pre-eminent makers of electric cars in the future, just as we are the force in petrol power at the

Faired-in rear wheels for record car

Pulling apart a Lola that you raced at Le would have caused me soul-searching but apparently not Paul. he miss driving the car with the motor? Not at all: once driven it, you’ll see why, he

Would he go back to Le Mans to in a car with a ‘normal’ engine? No.

My contact with this new of electricity and motor racing positive. I drove a Nissan thing at Goodwood: it was slow, and utterly characterless. The first of the Drayson B12/69EV is one of rank

The car’s visuals are absolutely an LMP1 car is a vast thing, with winglets and scoops, and for me the anger of the thing sitting at is a precursor for the moment it yelps life.

But of course that happens.

Computers fine, needs re-wiring though

You yourself in and look around the for controls. Very little is on the main dash, the steering has settings for the traction control and is conventional, but the start procedure is spooky. The main switch has two the first allows the car’s to start, the second allows the to prime itself and move.

Graham talks me through the calmly — in fact I appreciate the serenity of the moment there’s no chuntering motor and dog-box behind me, but he then push the high-voltage button — a great big red number by a protective collar just the fire extinguisher manual

I hit it and a bank of lights appear it, Graham is silent as the lap-top monitor what’s going on and I to say, I’m sitting not feeling entirely comfortable. voltages are lurking somewhere my testicles and their silence is

Engage reverse please.

A push on the throttle pedal the car creeping backwards. Then out onto Elvington runway to 4,000Nm of torque. I’m a apprehensive.

Leave the traction in position six for now, you’re on wet but you’ll be surprised how much there is.

Right you are.

a development car for Formula E racer

The is set to the most simple piece of percentage of charge remaining. We 100 showing, but the car will only run five laps of this one-and-a-bit-mile circuit before it recharging. The batteries cannot be to discharge fully either, so at 10 per remaining you pit.

The thrust is to comprehend at first, — scratch that, summoning the to push the long-travel throttle to the floor is more difficult. For the loop I don’t manage it, and the car seemingly is picked up and flung the next corner. Next around I try full throttle or whatever the new phrase for maximum will be on electric racers and the effect numbs the brain. it is so instant.

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It just happens.

We think we the phrase ‘throttle response’ in fact we’ve been about on the fringes for a century. You your right foot, you end up 200 away from where you and your head says How did happen? I’m guilty of the word, but it’s extraordinary.

it feel like three the thrust of a Veyron pushing the kerbweight? No, it doesn’t. Because would feel like a jet doing aerobatics.

And it’s Firstly, my brain just calibrated to either deal or the immediacy — to channel a crude analogy: the gratification doesn’t last long I actually had to prepare my brain in to be ready to think about was going to happen.

The initial is so great, think Veyron-and-some-more, when it subsides after a few into something less your brain and body are than impressed. In reality, you are accruing speed at an indecent In complete silence.

But that surge is so violent that follows is less thrilling much as it is in a heavily turbocharged, combustion engine once the has subsided.

Small battery means a 10-minute range

I know how I feel about the It certainly cements a fascinating between the serenity of the powertrain and the of the acceleration but boy did I miss the conventional car soundtrack — about as as I missed having a gearbox to with. The steering is assisted and the chassis has far too much grip for me to on an airfield and, as is always the with electric cars, the of mechanical noises from the bay just leaves you with a apologetic collection of graunches and from the chassis.

At least wearing a helmet and set reduces their collective

The brakes are insanely good. You can hit as hard as you can push the pedal 140mph and they won’t Even on cold wet-weather in the dry.

And then the charge ran so we headed back to base. Now I this first experimental to have reduced range, but able to run at full for just 10 is still a little disappointing: it undermines the crazy straight performance. Battery technology is and Paul reckons that five years away a car with this level of performance being able to run a stint at Le Mans.

Sebastian won his first Grand Prix years ago.

I’ve now had to digest what I experienced at and I have mostly positive In fact everything about the of the performance on offer, and the way Drayson and his have already managed to the weight low (admittedly by not having battery cell to allow running) is very impressive.

How long until we see pure EVs at Le

What worries me is the silence and here I disagree with We’ll post a video in the weeks, in it Paul presents a endorsement of this kind of electric performance as the future for road cars. He is actively by the thought of owning a car that in this manner.

I find the quite chilling. Being down the Queen’s Highway at ludicrous velocity, in near might appeal to me as a passenger in a but not as someone who loves driving. Paul sees as a new technological is, to me, potentially the end of emotional driving.

I I always knew that to be the it’s just that car presented me with a full of the situation.

For the likes of us, the next 20 are going to be about adding an cloak to this electric — of that I’m

And I don’t doubt that Drayson will fulfil his and race an electric car at Le Mans.

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