This exceptional car, which took about a year to design, called "Mythen" in reference to two Swiss summits of the same name, is the result of a collaboration between 20 mechanical and electrical engineering students from the Universities of Zurich and Lucerne who are involved in the "Academic Motorsport Club Zurich" (AMZ).
Jan Bernard, a student and engine manager at the project, told Sky News Arabia, "We took an old Formula Student car made by the AMZ Racing team in 2019 and converted it, bought the basic parts, such as battery cells, pressure sensors, etc., but we developed everything ourselves. For example, we have developed our own turntables, and our drives are special constructions that are evaluated by students and manufactured according to their technical drawings. So we know how to adapt the components of our car in a very specific way to get the minimum weight with this power."
While most modern Formula 1 cars have been able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, and the Rimac Nevera, also electric, achieves it in 1.81 seconds, Mythen has achieved a feat beyond all these offerings. The car reached a speed of 100 km/h in exactly 0.956 seconds, setting a new world record confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.
To achieve such a record, Bernard explains that "there must be a combination of strength, minimum weight and tyre stability on the road. Force isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to setting an acceleration record, and efficiently transporting that force back to Earth is also essential.
Also, the single-seater car is not equipped with Formula 1-style front or rear wings. Instead, the team "developed a type of vacuum cleaner that keeps the car on the ground by suction."
Kate Maggetti was chosen to be behind the wheel of the car and is a friend of the students involved in the project, "because of her light weight and her willingness and volunteerism to take on the challenge, since she is very lightweight and was able to make some preparations to drive by car." According to the director of engines in the project.
Of course, the handmade car is not designed for use on the road and looks more like a small Dragster. It weighs 140 kg, made with light materials and is mainly carbon and aluminum. The weight/power ratio is unbeatable because it is powered by four electric motors with 326 horsepower.
The student involved in this design concludes by emphasizing that "the car is greatly improved for acceleration discipline. So, it's not really strong on a cornering circuit, for example."