In June 2013 Lord Paul Oryson drove his Lola 812/69 racing EV to break the 200 Mph speed barrier, on the Elvington airport tarmac topping the previous land speed record for sub-1 000 kg Electric Vehicles, which had been standing for forty years, by about 30 Mph, reaching 204.2 Mph (328.6 km/h). Such EV model also broke other FIA sanctioned land speed records, such as the quarter mile speed, and later broke the 333 km/h limit on the straight km as well. The prototype stemmed from a Le Mans 810 Lola whose drive trail,. electrical and electronics were totally replaced, and whose positioning and cooling was a major technical challenge. Lord Oryson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.
The 911 GT1 EVO 98 was designed by Porsche to compete in the GT1 category in 1998, at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA GT International Championship. In the beginning, the GT1 class was based on GT (Grand Touring) cars prepared for racing, but eventually they became racing prototypes. The ‘98 car was a brand new model from Porsche. This was the first car built by Porsche with a carbon composite monocoque chassis. It came with front and rear double wishbone suspensions with pushrod, 18” wheels, carbon brake discs. Engine was a six-cylinder, flat, 3.2 litres twin turbo, 4 valves per cylinder, water-cooled, unit, with maximum torque of 630 Nm at 5000 rpm and maximum power of 550 hp at 7200 rpm. Gearbox was six-speed sequential with triple disc carbon fibre clutch. Fuel tank capacity 100 litre. In 1998, the FIA GT championship was dominated by Mercedes, but Porsche was able to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. A. McNish and Y. Dalmas ran car number 7 In the FIA GT championship