Dutch students today shaved 20 percent off the record time for an electric car to reach 100 km/h. The Delft University of Technology Racing Team first prepared the ground by blow-torching the rain-soaked runway at Valkenburg Airport, says team manager Tim de Morée, and sweetened the deal by drizzling a little sugar-water on the strip. “Drag racers use actual glue,” he said when questioned about the sportsmanship of the tactic.
The car, driven by the team’s lightest member, Marly Kuijpers, repeated the run about ten times. The team tweaked the traction control and tire slippage for each run. The Dutch press declared victory when the car hit 100 km/h in 2.15 seconds, but de Morée told IEEE Spectrum that a later run achieved the target speed in 2.13 seconds.