Electric Vehicle Looks To Hit 400 MPH

Students at Ohio State University have started to build the third generation of an electric vehicle called the Buckeye Bullet by first running aerodynamic testing at the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

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.

Buckeye Bullet, Ohio State University, Ohio Super Computer

image via OSC

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.

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