An incredible journey for an electric sports car has recently ended. The vehicle transited two continents starting from the Arctic Circle and went all the way to the most southern point of South America.
The daring British team crossed the finish line on November 16, after just 70 days, covering a total of 26,000 km. Their little helper is the fully electric SRZero sports car with a 400bhp twin-motor, having a driving range of more than 250 miles mainly due to its recovery of kinetic energy.
The vehicle, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can accelerate to 60mph in (just?) seven seconds and reach a speed as high as 124 mph.
A team from the Imperial College London in collaboration with Radical Sportscars has projected and developed the SRZero, with their partnership starting back in August 2009.
The adventurous race has started in Alaska, in July, after the team charged the car’s batteries by means of geothermal energy, in order to certify the possibilities of CO2-free transport. Passing through 14 countries, the team members had to face a wide range of temperatures and road surfaces. But the most critical difficulty they encountered was finding places to recharge.
“We were received in an absolutely fantastic style as we arrived into the world’s southernmost city,” Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, “and the whole day from start to finish has been spectacular,” was the statement from team member and mechanical engineer Alex Schey, posted on the team’s blog.