Guinness World Records
The record-breaking electric kart, or e-kart, is called the Linde E1 and was produced specifically for the attempt
updated 5/4/2011 6:39:08 PM ET 2011-05-04T22:39:08

The Guinness World Record for the fastest electric go kart acceleration was set on April 24 at the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, Germany. The go kart accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, creating a new category for the GWR in the process, as such an attempt had never been recorded before.

Organized by the Linde Material Handling company, a German warehouse truck producer, the attempt took place as a part of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club Gran Turismo Masters Weekend, an auto-racing competition supported by the German ADAC automotive club.

The record-breaking electric kart, or e-kart, is called the Linde E1 and was produced specifically for the attempt. Its drive unit is the same as the units used in lift trucks, except that Linde E1 has a lithium ion battery and lift trucks use lead acid batteries.

Guinness World Record judges attached a special "performance box" to the kart in order to gauge the time it took to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. Complying with GWR guidelines, the kart took two runs on the track in opposite directions in order to account for favorable winds.

The speeds clocked in at 3.4 seconds on the first run and 3.5 seconds on the second run. GWR judges determined the final figure of acceleration based on an average of the runs, making 3.4 the new record to beat for the fastest 0-to-60-mph acceleration by an electric kart.

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