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Aston alumnus sets new world speeding record

William Stannard
27 June 2013

Drayson Racing Technologies have broken the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car.

Its Lola B12 69/EV vehicle hit a top speed of 204.2mph beat the previous 175mph record.

Aston Alumnus Lord Drayson, who was behind the wheel, said the achievement was designed to highlight electronic vehicle technology's potential.

Aston graduate and Research Associate with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Will Stannard, was a key member of the team and is one of a number of students from the School who has been working with Drayson and their research into low carbon technologies.

Drayson Racing was founded in 2007 by self-declared "car nut" Lord Drayson, The firm, based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, works with others to develop more sustainable automotive technologies and uses motorsport competitions as a means to focus its efforts.

In order to qualify for an attempt on the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) world electric land speed record it had to make its vehicle weigh less than 1,000kg (2,204lb) without the driver.

Lord Drayson told the BBC; "What it, I hope, shows to people is just what the future potential of electric cars is," Lord Drayson told the BBC shortly after his record-breaking time was confirmed. Obviously this is a very special racing car, but by setting this new world record here in Britain we say two things. 

He added; “One it is a pointer to the future - the technology that we developed for this car will filter down to the cars we use every day.

"And secondly it's a message about how here in the UK we're a world leader with this technology. We've led motorsport engineering, now we're also leading with electric motorsport engineering."

Will Stannard is a previous winner of the Frederic Barnes Waldron Prize for ‘Best Student’ on an accredited Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) degree.

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