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September 01, 2010

Speeding Bullet EV from Ohio State Claims World Speed Record

Photo of a long, sleek race car with mountains in the back.

The sleek battery-powered Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5 poised for a record run over Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.
Credit: Venturi Buckeye Bullet

A team led by engineering students from The Ohio State University has claimed a world land-speed record for electric vehicles (EV) after their sleek Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5 averaged 307 mph across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats on August 24. The lithium ion battery-powered EV, guided by a professional driver on the 12-mile course, smashed the previous 245 mph world land speed record for battery electric vehicles set in 1999. The new mark is pending certification by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the worldwide motor sports governing body.

Under competition rules, the Bullet was required to make two speed runs, one each in opposite directions, within 60 minutes. At one point, the EV reached 320 mph. The Bullet 2.5 uses the same body and chassis of the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Buckeye Bullet 2, which in 2009 set a FIA-certified world record of 302 mph. The team is supported by French electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles. See the Ohio State press release and the Bullet Web site.