Peugeot’s EX1 electric car/cycle hybrid has already made its mark in the history books of electric sports cars, setting 0-60 and quarter-mile acceleration records for strictly-battery -powered vehicles. (Granted, the record books weren’t exactly crammed full of entries, but impressive nevertheless.) Now Peugeot’s electric wonder has brought home a new title: the fastest lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife by an electron-powered car.
In the hands of driver Stéphane Caillet, the EX1 did the ‘Ring in 9:01.4, making it around six seconds slower than the 2010 Range Rover Sport Supercharged and one minute and forty-three seconds behind a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. (But infinitely more likely to impress Cameron Diaz in the process.) The time supposedly bests the previous electric record holder by more than 50 seconds, however.
No word yet on whether Nissan will try to challenge the EX1′s feat with their Leaf NISMO RC, but we thing they should give it a go; after all, with a 20-mile range, they could knock off all of 1.8 laps before pitting for a few hours to recharge and try again. [via World Car Fans]