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UK: An Electric Car Wins Prestigious Student Racing Event

Formula Student, held yearly in the United Kingdom, is a place where student engineers come together to design, build and race a single seat racing car over the course of a year. Put on by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, these entries are judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. Usually a gas engine vehicle takes home the top prize, but this year ETH Zurich from Switzerland came in first behind the wheel of their electric car.

The organizers of Formula Student said this was the first time an electric vehicle had been declared the overall winner of the student motorsport event. They also believe it may be the first time β€œan electric vehicle has beaten cars powered by combustion engines in any accredited motorsport competition.” This may well be true, though Lightning Motorcycles did recently beat all similar gas-powered competitors over a 12.42-mile, fully-paved course that included 156 turns ending at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado.


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