A group of Dutch students at Delft University of Technology have crafted a fast little number that can beat a Bugatti Veyron from 0-60 miles per hour. The shocker: it is an all-electric ride. The Dutch electric car is named the DUT13 and it looks like a Tonka kids toy, tipping the scale at a mere 320 pounds.
The DUT13 demolishes the 0-60 jump in 2.15 blistering seconds. It accomplishes this feat thanks to an extremely light body that lacks creature comforts like a roof. The single-seater goes way heavy on the carbon fiber. For comparison purposes, the fastest Bugatti Veyron model’s 0-60 sprint is a cool 2.4 seconds.
They should mass produce these and sell them for $20,000 USD. Could make for a great weekend hobby.
Power for the DUT13 is derived from four individual electric motors, one for each wheel. The inspiration for this perhaps came from the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, which takes the same approach to maximize power. The Mercedes electric car is much slower to reach 60 miles per hour, but still manages a respectable 3.9 seconds.
Overall, the creation of this little electric wonder is but a small step in the technology arena, though it is an impressive one. If speed was the entire goal then it was met, but people still require adequate cabin space and a roof in order to travel. These students appear to have worked very hard on the project with a comfortable budget and it certainly shows. As the new trend of electric cars continues along its road, new and ever changing strategies will be adopted and perfected.