The Tesla Model S might sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in an impressive 2.8 seconds, but it doesn't even come close to taking the record for the world's fastest accelerating electric car. A group of speedy Stuttgart University students has broken the record set late last year in a blistering 1.779 second run.

Created by the University of Stuttgart's Green Team, the new world-record holding car shaved 0.006 of a second off the previous record of 1.785 seconds held by the ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The University of Stuttgart's E0711-6 electric car puts its monstrous 1200 Nm of torque down through all four wheels ... immediately, and the car's battery management system and control units were developed in house.

Although one version of the university's car shows it fitted with a massive rear wing, the car that broke the record went wingless in the (successful) search for less drag and quicker acceleration.

The world record attempt is part of the University Green Team's mission to raise awareness about electric cars and their capabilities.

Green Team is awaiting confirmation of the record from the Guinness Book of World Records, but is confident that that all the right boxes were ticked to make it official.

Check out the record run below.

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