Belgian Camille Jenatzy reached a speed of 41.4 miles (66.6 kilometers) while racing in his CGA Dogcart automobile on 17 January 1899 at Achere speed trials. He beat the first speed record set by Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat in December 1898. The same day Chasseloup-Laubat responded in his Jeantaud with an aerodynamic V-nose, running 70.17 km/h (43.6 mph) and yet another record was established. Jenatzy and Chasseloup-Laubat improved the record several times in the beginning of 1899 until Jenatzy finally set 105.856 kph at Achere in April 1899 driving his famous “La Jamais Contente” electric car. Jenatzy’s CGA was self-manufactured electric vehicle powered by one 80 cell Fulmen lead acid battery. The car had dogcart type body, similar in appearance to horse-drawn carriages.
|1899||Speed Record Trials||Acheres Speed Trials|
|Camille Jenatzy||C. Jenatzy|