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Drayson continues work with record breaker

Drayson Racing puts more mileage on its record-breaking electric race car at Silverstone
Drayson Racing has continued work with the car it used to break the World Electric Land Speed record after hitting the track for its latest test session at Silverstone.

Having broken the record by topping 200mph at Elvington last year with Lord Paul Drayson at the wheel - a feat featured on the opening episode of the latest series of Fifth Gear - the team has worked on fine-tuning the Drayson B12/69 EV, which has been developed by the team to showcase alternative technologies.

The latest test at Silverstone gave the team the chance to try a variety of new motor cooling options and traction control settings, with wet conditions allowing for extra wheelspin data to be collected. Despite running with reduced aero and power, test driver Jonny Cocker recorded the same lap time around the short National Circuit as he'd achieved at a test before Christmas, when the prototype ran in full downforce specification and with full power.

“Every time we run the B12 we find a big chunk of information, and every test session is a big learning experience,” he said. “We were at Silverstone just before Christmas in very similar conditions, and then we ran the B12 in full downforce specification and with full power. This time we ran with reduced aero and power and achieved exactly the same lap time, which illustrates the developments that are continuously being made to the car.

“Silverstone in February, heavy rain blowing in sideways and two degrees Centigrade made driving quite exciting, yet we achieved pretty much everything we set out to do. We've gathered all the data we needed, and this latest engineering exercise has been well worthwhile.”

Graham Moore, Drayson Racing Chief Engineer, added that the test had been a success, despite the conditions on track.

“Since our successful World Electric Land Speed Record attempt at Elvington last year, the B12 has been completely stripped and all the systems and motors checked,” he said. “We came to Silverstone to primarily test a number of new parts that we've manufactured that will assist with motor cooling.

"We had six options that we want to try back-to-back, and despite the atrocious weather we did manage to test many of the options and gain a significant amount of important new data. We also did some work on the traction control, hence a different downforce level. We wanted to get more wheelspin data, so the wet weather provided us with the perfect conditions.”

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