Yes, the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype has set a new world record by hitting 204MPH at RAF Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire on Tuesday. The previous record for an FIA-sanctioned vehicle of 175mph was set 40-years ago in 1974 by the US-built Battery Box Electric. Continue reading for a video and more information.

The Labour peer’s record-breaking ‘Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype’ is built by Drayson Racing in Oxford. Lord Drayson, 53, an entrepreneur who was the science minister from 2008 to 2010, had to perform two runs at the airfield within an hour for the record to stand.

He said: ‘I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today. It is not the outright speed that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1,000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile.

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