Kistler Correvit® SFII Sensor Measures World Record for Acceleration

In June 2016, the Academic Motorsports Club (AMZ) broke the official Guinness World Record for the fastest 0-100 km/h acceleration of an electric car. AMZ was founded in 2006 by students of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). A Kistler Correvit® SFII type sensor measured the magical 100 km/h milestone.

From 0-100 km/h in Under Two Seconds

1.513 seconds. Never before had an electric race car accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h at such a pace. The previous world record of 1.779 seconds—set by a Formula Student racing team from the University of Stuttgart—stood until June 22, 2016. The record was shattered on the very first attempt on a 120-meter course set up at the military airport in Dübendorf. The Swiss electric racing car “Grimsel” achieved the 100 km/h mark in just 30 meters. By recording the magical milestone, the Kistler Correvit® SFII sensor played a key part in setting the world record.

Reliable Partner from the Outset

In a world record attempt—where victory or defeat is determined in a few thousands of a second—precise measurement data take on critical importance. With over 50 years’ experience in extreme-range measurements, Kistler has always been a solid partner of AMZ. 

Kistler has lent us its support for four seasons now and has become an integral part of our success. When we started planning for the world record, it was clear from the outset that we would again rely on the Correvit® SFII sensor to ensure efficient control and, of course, record the official time measurement. We were delighted when Kistler assured us its full support."

Jonas Abeken, vice president of AMZ

Pioneer Spirit Lives On

It takes courage, a desire for innovation, and the will to push past boundaries to undertake projects such as breaking the world record for the fastest 0-100 km/h acceleration of an electric car. As a global driver of innovation headquartered in Switzerland, Kistler is particularly pleased that the Swiss pioneer spirit lives on and that Kistler can play an active part in ensuring it will continue to thrive. Kistler employs its measurement solutions to promote progress in research and development and establish the foundation for tomorrow’s mobility. To understand how fast 1.513 seconds really is, take a look at this video on AMZ’s world record. In step with the megatrends of mobility, emissions reduction, quality control, and lightweight design, our highly skilled workforce is pushing the limits of what’s possible and finding answers to tomorrow’s questions—in partnership with and in service of our customers.
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