Two previous versions of the Buckeye Bullet have hit speeds over 300 miles per hour, first in 2004, and twice again with an upgraded model years later. The all-electric speedster currently being developed will be completely redesigned from the ground up, according to the university, in hopes of breaking the 400 miles per hour mark.
The head of the project, professor Giorgio Rizzoni, Ph.D, says the Buckeye Bullet 3 will be constructed with two, custom electric motors from the French manufacturer Venturi, along with prismatic batteries from A123 Systems, a lithium-ion battery company in Massachusetts.
The students in Ohio are looking to reduce drag on the new vehicle by almost 15%, running several fluid dynamics scenarios through the computer, images of which are above, the left showing the overall shape of the vehicle, and the right showing the flow of air around the wheel. If all goes to plan, the Buckeye Bullet 3 will make its debut in the fall of 2012 at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah to break another record.