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Electric racing car makes debut at Birmingham show

The vehicle has been built by Radical Sportscars

An electric racing car built by an engineering firm in Cambridgeshire is to be unveiled at an international car show later.

The SRZero car was developed by Radical Sportscars in Peterborough and students at Imperial College, London.

It accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and reaches 118mph (190km/h).

After appearing at the Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham it will tackle a 16,000 mile (26,000 km) pan American trip.

'New direction'

The Imperial College students will drive the car the along the Pan-American Highway from Argentina to Alaska.

The SRZero is powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries and can travel up to 340 miles (550km) between charges from a standard domestic socket.

Mick Hyde, co-founder of Radical Sportscars, said: "The SRZero is Radical's most advanced project to date.

"This car takes Radical's design in a new direction, tackling the issue of climate change head-on."

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