“Anything is possible if you are sincerely determined and you really want to do it.” Proof of this is the project of students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, who produced the fastest accelerating electric car in the world, the Mythen.
As part of the Zurich Academic Motorsport Club (AMZ), the students worked tirelessly on a car that, thanks to the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, weighs only 140 kilograms.
Mythen is powered by four electric motors, one on each wheel, with a total power of 326 hp (240 kW). That doesn’t sound impressive, so what’s the secret? Well, the secret is in the power-to-weight ratio, which makes the Mythen unmatched by even the world’s most powerful hypercars. This vehicle actually has enough power for this platform that the car could take off. However, thanks to a system that keeps the vehicle firmly on the ground, the Mythen manages to get the grip it needs to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in a whopping 0.956 seconds.
The record was previously held by Foerderverein GreenTeam Uni Stuttgart e.V., whose electric car accelerated to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.461 seconds on September 23, 2022.
Source: ETH Zurich