This 2,000lb electric car generates 1,100lbs of downforce when stationary
And it’s all thanks to a massive fan which sucks the car to the ground.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed saw the appearance of many special cars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie though its appearance was not so successful.
One of the more unique cars at the event was the McMurtry Speirling, an electric, one-seater built to go round a track as fast as possible. Weighing in at just under 2,000 pounds, the Speirling is over 350lbs lighter than the minuscule Fiat 500. Although it may not look particularly quick, due to its lightweight, it can get from 0-186mph (300 km/h) in under 9 seconds - that’s more than 3.5 seconds faster than the Bugatti Chiron.
The reason for the car’s speed is its downforce however it doesn’t achieve its downforce figures in a normal manner. In fact, the Speirling uses a large fan which sucks the car to the ground - this generates 1,100lbs of downforce when the car is stationary. McMurty estimates that the car can operate at race speeds for 30-60 minutes before running out of charge.
Speaking to Autocar, the company’s managing director Tom Yates said he wishes to “create the best electric car we can. We have used the very best motorsport safety to design the car but have ignored any technical rules to design a car from the ground up."