German race car driver Daniel Abt, known for his performance in the Formula E series, has set a new unofficial world record: He accelerated an electric car backwards to a speed of 210 km/h, leaving behind a Porsche, among others.
The previous record was held by the Nissan Leaf, which had also laid down a pretty impressive performance on the Goodwood hillclimb course, racing the entire stretch backwards in just over a minute and a half. This record was now beaten by the Schaeffler concept 4ePerformance, which managed to beat a Porsche on the race-track accelerating backwards.
What is most surprising about the win is not that an electric car can outperform a gasoline-powered one, but that the Porsche was driving forward – pitching the combustion motor backwards would be an unfair advantage for the EV, after all.
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