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USA: Kleenspeed EV-X11 Sets Sonoma Electric Car Lap Record: Video

Electric race cars may not yet offer the same range as their internal-combustion counterparts, but the differential in lap times continues to get smaller. For a baseline reference, Marco Werner set a Sonoma full-lap record of 1:21.69 behind the wheel of the fearsome Audi R8 Le Mans Prototype in 2004.

On September 7, Kevin Mitz drove a Kleenspeed EV-X11 to a new electric vehicle lap record around Sonoma, covering the 2.52 mile course in 1:35.99. While critics would be quick to point out the 14.3 second gap between the cars, we’d be the first to admit it isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison.

PC World (via Gas 2.0) quotes Mitz as saying that a comparable car with a one-liter gasoline engine would only lap Sonoma three or four seconds quicker than the EV-X11, or some ten seconds slower than the fastest Le Mans prototype. Besides, we’re more concerned about competitive lap times within a class, and it looks like the EV-X11 delivers.

If, that is, the sport of electric car racing takes off. Range is still an issue, with the Kleenspeed able to deliver a mere 20 miles at wide-open-throttle, enough for just under 8 laps of Sonoma before the batteries are depleted.


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