192 AA Panasonic Batteries Power Car In Guinness Book of Records

38 kg (88 lbs) micro streamliner reaches 122km/h (75mph) on 192 AA batteries.

Published: 08-Aug-2007

In the Panasonic OXYRIDE SPEED CHALLENGE in Japan a soapbox type car reached top speeds of 122km/h using 192 AA batteries.

The AA powered car is now in the Guinness Book of Records listed as the world's fastest car using standard dry cell batteries.

The aerodynamic vehicle measures 3,3m in length and 0.78m in width and 0.56m in height. The weight of the small electric car is 38kg.

More details and many photos can be found on Watch Impress (Japanese).

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