OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY - BUCKEYE BULLET 2003-4
Earlier in 2004, Buckeye Bullet reached a best one way of end of mile at 308 mph. Another record escaped them at that time when a drive shaft let them down. Subsequently, on October 14th at the end of mile 5, this was raised to 314.958 mph. The 314 mph qualifies as a new US record in one direction. See the table of new records below.
In addition to the new US record, Buckeye Bullet attained a new international record in the E-III category of 271.737 mph over the flying kilometer. This was the best of two runs by Roger Schroer of TRC, Inc. The forward run resulted in a speed of 267 mph at the end of the measured km, the return run was close to 276 mph. The average speed over the kilometer in both directions gave the new record speed of 271.737 mph. These runs eclipse the 245 mph record previously held by White Lighting.
In 2009, a similar design car called the Buckeye Bullet 2, set a fast hydrogen fuel cell powered record of 303 mph. Then in 2016, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 raised the battery powered electric record to 341mph.
The Ohio based team is very lucky to have the Salt Flats on their doorstep. In the UK, record contenders have Pendine Sands, but that is much shorter and not so flat.
Buckeye Bullet - Electric World Record Holder 2003
The OSU Buckeye Bullet raised the record for the fastest EV in the US to 257 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats in October 2003, besting the old record of 251 mph held by White Lightning. The 31 feet long streamliner is powered by a 400 - 500 hp electric motor and 12,000 nickel-metal hydride batteries! The car is the product of a collaboration between students of the Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research-Intelligent Transportation, its faculty and private industry.
Buckeye Bullet - Ohio State University Team 2003
SAMINCO ELECTRIC TRACTION DRIVES - BUCKEYE SPONSOR
Buckeye Bullet - Rear Cockpit
Buckeye Bullet Qualifying Run 2003
SAXON BULLET - This was the starting point for the Saxon-Bullet land speed record project. The car will use a hydrogen battery as a cartridge that can be swapped in minutes for rapid smart refuelling - the idea being to promote zero carbon transportation with comprehensive EV infrastructure support as Smart Service Stations that can also support conventional lithium batteries in a universal cartridge format. This car is designed to tackle the LSR for hydrogen powered land vehicles.
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