RECORDS - RACING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT'
charge your batteries: four vehicle that won't need gas to top 300 mph
fall, Ohio State University's Buckeye Bullet is gunning for an electric
vehicle land speed record on the salt flats of Bonneville, Utah, the site
of the world's premier speed events. The Buckeye Bullet's attempt
highlights the leaner, cleaner side of racing, featuring needle shaped,
battery powered vehicles sprinting at 250 plus mph.
aren't the only ones chasing green speed. Other teams include garage
savvy environmentalists, a former drag racer and a recovered quadriplegic
who drives for charity, not just records. And several racers are
backed by energy companies in search of better battery technology.
But they all have one thing in common: a desire to top 300 mph.
august the Bullet became the first electric vehicle to surpass this feat
in a timed mile, clocking in at 308.317 mph, beating the national electric
land speed record of 256.894 mph - unofficially, anyway. A record
breaking run is the average of two timed sprints, and a faulty rear
differential prevented the team from racing again. "There's
definitely the feeling of unfinished business," says Buckeye driver
Roger Schroer. "We know the Bullet is capable; we just have to
do it." While the Bullet may be on top for now, it does have
challengers. Here's a closer look at four potential record setters.
- ADAM VOILAND
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