• Aug 24th 2010 at 6:31PM
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2010 Ohio State University Buckeye Bullet – Click above for high-res image gallery

As they have for the past several years, the kids from Ohio State University made the trek out to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this month to see how fast they could go without emitting any pollutants. The Buckeye Bullet has always been electrically driven, but in past years the juice for the motors was provided by hydrogen fuel cells. In 2009, a fuel cell-powered Bullet set an FIA two-way land speed record of 300.992 miles per hour. This year, OSU has teamed up with Venturi, the Monaco-based maker of very few electric vehicles, and transformed the Buckeye Bullet 2 into a test mule for an all-new 2011 car.

The fuel cells have now been replaced by lithium-ion batteries from A123 Systems and, after several days of aborted runs and wind-storms, the team finally got in two clean passes Monday afternoon. On the first run, the Bullet traversed the flying mile at 286 miles per hour. After repacking the parachute and turning the car around, the students watched as the car sped by in the opposite direction at 297 mph for a two-way average of 291 mph and, yet again, a new battery-powered vehicle record.

[Source: BangShift]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Woo Hoo! Go Bucks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no "incline/decline" to the salt flats. There are winds however and also the texture of the salt surface can have a surprising effect on drag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never understood the method for recording speeds in order for them to be official.
      I'm talking about the fact that they have to average out the reached speed going in both directions. It makes no sense.
      In my view, if it reached an official speed going one way, there is no need to run it again and then average it out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know for sure but I'm guessing by going both ways you factor in the incline/decline of the land and any wind that could speed up or slow down the vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Question is, is it faster than that amazing Bloodhound supersonic car, this year? http://2su.de/FP6
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes the wind can change, which is why the second run has to immediately follow the first or it's invalid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No tankd it is within the hour not right away
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah ok. The incline/decline thing makes sense. But as far as the wind goes, wind can change direction at a moment's notice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure would be nice to know what cell type was used from A123 ??