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 |  Mar 22 2012, 5:31 PM

It has been almost two years since we first heard about the Electric RaceAbout (E-RA), but it appears that this research project by the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is now the fastest electric car on ice.

Equipped with Nokian Tyres, the E-RA headed out to the frozen Lake Ukonjärvi in northern Finland and hit an average speed of 156.67-mph (252.09-km/h). Behind the wheel was Nokian Tyres’ test driver Janne Laitinen and the E-RA had actually topped out at 161.63-mph (260.06-km/h) on its record-setting run.

The E-RA is equipped with a 33-kWh Altairnano lithium-titanate battery, powering four electric motors with a peak output of 378-hp and a ridiculous 2,360 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at 3,747 lbs, the prototype electric vehicle can go about 124 miles on a single charge. The E-RA also holds the record on the Nürburgring for a street-legal electric vehicle.

Watch a video of the Electric RaceAbout after the break.

[Source: Nokian Tyres]

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