Electric RaceAbout (E-RA) sets electric vehicle ice speed record

A special Electric RaceAbout (E-RA) prototype from Finland has unofficially set the new world record as the fastest EV on ice, recording an average speed of 252.09km/h.

We say ‘unofficially’ because the effort hasn’t actually been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, mainly because such a record doesn’t exist at the moment. Still, it is the fastest ever speed recorded of an EV (electric vehicle) on ice.

The E-RA is powered by a 33kWh Altairnano lithium-titanate battery which sends current to four electric motors. The motors then produce a combined output of 282kW of power and 3200Nm of torque. A full charge range is around 200km.

All up, with the battery pack and four motors, the E-RA tips the scales at 1700kg, giving it a reasonably good power-to-weight ratio. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in around 6.0 seconds.

As for the top speed, according to a GPS VBOX system, the E-RA hit 260.06km/h during its record runs which took place on Lake Ukonjarvi in northern Finland. The runs involved driving along a strip flat out for 1km, and then in the other direction.

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Take a look at the video below for a bit of an overview of the record runs.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.