Faster Than a Speeding Buckeye

For a third year the Ohio State University’s Buckeye Bullet team won another international land-speed record for an electric vehicle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.
The electric bullet vehicle was designed and built by undergraduate and graduate students over a five year period at Ohio State in the Center for Automotive Research. They are partnered with Monaco electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles.

It is fueled by two custom electric motors developed at Venturi and takes two megawatts of power from lithium ion batteries to run. The pilot, Roger Schroer, is a veteran team driver from Transportation Research Center, a leader among our nation’s independent automotive proving ground and vehicle testing organizations.

The team has set numerous other speed records in the past decade. In 2004, Buckeye Bullet 1, which ran on nickel metal hydrid batteries, set a national land speed record with an average time of 315 mph (506.9 kph). Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered land speed electric vehicle, set the international record of 303 miles per hour (487.6 kilometers per hour) in 2009.

In addition to the entry in the FIA competition, the team also had prepared to participate in this year’s Southern California Timing Association’s famed Speedweek event, which was scheduled for August 8-14, on another part of the Salt Flats. However, poor salt conditions resulted in the annual competition’s second consecutive cancellation. The private FIA event, held on a different area of the Salt Flats.

Jody Victor