Buckeye Bullet Breaks EV Land-Speed Record
In brief: The Venturi Buckeye Bullet from Ohio State University achieved an average speed of 307.7mph.
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Make/Model: Buckeye Bullet
Manufacturer: Venturi, Ohio State Univ.
The Bullet's first version, in 2004, hit a record of 321.834mph, but was not a pure electric vehicle. This new version (dubbed VBB2.5) is all-electric and has officially set the land speed of 307.66mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile is expected to accept the speed record next week, trumping the 245.5mph speed record set by the White Lightning in 1999.
The Buckeye Bullet has a lot of records to its name now. In 2009, it set the record for a fuel cell vehicle at 302.877mph on top of the 2004 victory.
The current iteration is that same fuel cell vehicle with the cells removed and replaced by advanced lithium ion batteries from A123 Systems. These still secret batteries are reportedly capable of putting out 600kW instantaneously.
And so ...
A real land speed victory. Soon, Eva Hakansson of KillaCycle Racing will be making her attempt in the KillaJoule. She now has a new record to beat.
Photo credits: Venturi Buckeye Bullet
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