Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph, subject to FIA homologation, during a series of high-speed runs at Elvington Airfield

Former science minister, businessman and racing driver Paul Drayson was behind the wheel of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype for the record attempt, and smashed the old record by nearly 30mph.

"I'm delighted we beat the record and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable," Drayson said. "Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we've seen today."

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"It is not the outright speed of 204.185mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However I've got a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.

"This is a true celebration of Britain's leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry and I'm delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution. Today we have set more British records for acceleration, which I'm also delighted about.

"Drayson Racing is a research and development business, pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport. With the electric land speed record it intends to showcase what is possible with an electric drivetrain and underscore Britain's leadership position in the EV industry."