We often talk about supercars that can do 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in no time at all.
The Koenigsegg Gemera, for example, is capable of completing the sprint in just 1.9 seconds.
Being behind the wheel of something that fast would be scintillating – but imagine being strapped into a custom-built racer that can do it in less than a second.
THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE GOING FROM 0-100KM/H IN LESS THAN A SECOND:
The car in the above video was built by students from ETH Zurich and the University of Lucerne.
It can hit 100km/h from a standstill in less than a second.
0.956 seconds, to be precise.
If you’re wondering how on Earth it’s capable of going that fast, you’re not the only one.
We thought the McMurty Automotive Spérling was fast, but this thing is a whole new level of fast.
To go that fast, the custom-built racer has been equipped with four electric motors belting out 322bhp.
What’ll really blow your mind, though, is that it only weighs 140kg (308lbs).
Without getting too technical, that means it’s got a power-to-weight ratio somewhere in the region of 2,087bhp per tonne.
In other words, it’s like a rocket.
But it’s also got some special tech onboard, too, including a vacuum system sucking the single-seater to the ground like a McLaren F1.
Apparently, the end result is a doubling of the contact force.
The Swiss students began working on the custom-built racer, which is called Mythen, in September last year.
Having lost the world record for acceleration to the University of Stuttgart’s 1.46 seconds benchmark last year, the group was keen to snatch it back.
So, they took the custom-built racer to Dubendorf and managed to record a sub-second run to smash the record.
All done in the space of 12.3 meters (40.35 feet) as well.