Land speed racing has always been a venue where engineers and backyard tinkerers explore fresh ideas. At Bonneville we’ve seen supercharged mini bikes and air-powered streamliners. Electric vehicles, like the Buckeye Bullet, are appearing with greater frequency. Amazingly, this car was built by a group of Ohio University students. Some 10,000 C-cell NiMH batteries–the battery pack literally weighs a ton–provide the energy, and a 400 horsepower electric motor drives a five-speed gearbox. In October 2004, the car set an electric-vehicle speed record of 314.96 mph. The record still stands. Up next for the plucky team is a hydrogen fuel-cell streamliner that it hopes to run soon.
2004 Buckeye Bullet