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VW Beetle does 0-60 in 1.6 secs

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The VW Beetle isn't known for its speed. Indeed, after being embraced by the hippie culture in the 60s it's rather more closely associated with being stoned. Something that, at a guess, isn't conducive with pace.

Scrap all that. Two Brits have created the fastest 0-60 mph car in the world, from a 1965 Beetle and a milk float. Oh, and it runs on electricity.

Incredibly the car, nicknamed the Black Current, beat the previous record holder, the Tesla, at Santa Pod raceway in Northamptonshire, clocking a time of 1.6 seconds, that's 0.9 seconds faster than a Bugatti Veyron. It also covered a quarter of a mile faster than an F1 car can.

Designer Olly Young, 34, and his brother Sam, 30, built the car with 60 12-volt motorbike batteries. They claim it can do quicker, too. Good luck with that.

[Via The Metro]

Image: Dom Romney

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