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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ohio State Builds World's Fastest Electric Car

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Meet Terrelle Pryors new running back.
  • Meet Terrelle Pryor's new running back.

The Ohio State University Center for Auto Research and sponsors have worked together for more than ten years as the Buckeye Bullet team, a coalition of tech and car enthusiasts who have been pushing the boundaries of hydrogen-fuel-cell and electric-powered vehicles.

In that time, they've set land speed records in the fuel cell category; now, they've conquered the all-electric category as well.

The Buckeye Bullet version 2.5 (VBB2.5 as it's called), was trucked out to the Bonneville Salt Flats. There, the team logged a new record of 307.66 miles per hour, blasting the old record for an electric-only vehicle by 60 mph.

According to Popular Science:

The record still needs FIA certification before it's official, but consider the bar set — it blew past the previous record for an EV by more than 60 miles per hour. But perhaps the most exciting wrinkle in the Buckeye Bullet story is the fact the VBB2.5 is only a test-bed for the team's battery technology. VBB3 — a sleek black rocket of a landspeed racer that the team plans to build on top of the experience gained from VBB2.5 — is expected to break all previous records in the not too distant future.

Ricky Bobby would be proud.

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