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University attempts to break land speed record

18 May 2001


This year the Ohio State University's Formula Lightning electric race car team, the Smokin' Buckeye, has taken on a new challenge. While maintaining their 3-time consecutive national championship car, they are currently designing an electric streamliner car to beat the world record for electric vehicles. The University team will attempt to break the 245 mph electric land speed record by October 5. OSU's Center for Automotive Research's Formula Lightning race car team is hard at work developing ""The Buckeye Bullet"" a new streamlined electric vehicle.

Due to the nature of this feat, the OSU students will be relying on CATIA for its aerodynamic design and analysis capabilities. The Buckeye Bullet team will only have to conduct one aerodynamic test in the wind tunnel, since the design will have already been optimized in CATIA. The team expects CATIA to provide a relatively precise model after the first test.

The Buckeye Bullet will be made of a carbon fiber composite body equipped with a 400-plus horsepower motor and 900 volts of Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries weighing approximately 2500 pounds.





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