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If Dark Helmet – the character Rick Moranis plays in Space Balls – drove a car, it would probably be the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. It’s big. It’s Ugly. It’s capable of ludicrous speed.
We wouldn’t dare call The Ohio State University just plain ‘ol Ohio State. We know how important that ‘The’ is to those Buckeyes. And while they may have a lot to look forward to this upcoming football season, (best of luck that they don’t disappoint, coming from a Florida Gator!) some students from the University are happily setting records out at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Back in 2009, The Buckeye Bullet set a two-way land speed record of 300.992 mph with a fuel cell-powered version of their vehicle. For this new record however, they would be setting a benchmark for a battery-powered vehicle.
The Buckeye Bullet 2 is a collaboration with Venturi, a Monaco-based developer of electric vehicles. Gone are the fuel cells and in its place are A123 Systems’ lithium-ion batteries. Just as a sign of the future and what these badboys are capable of, the vehicle was piloted one way to 286 mph and back at 297 mph for an average of 291 mph. There was a little bit of a retune going down after the first pass, so we’re willing to bet that this Bullet isn’t far off from another pair of 300 mph passes.
But alas, the Buckeye Bullet 2 might not be seen again as this was simply a test mule for an all new 2011 car. Rumor has it that it’ll be insane and groundbreaking, but we have on details yet. Maybe they’ll be more motivated if their football team is hoisting the crystal ball come early next year. Well, at least some people over at The Ohio State University are making dreams into a reality.
GALLERY: The Ohio State University Buckeye Bullet
[Source: AutoBlog Green]
Road & Track magazine is helping prep a Suzuki Kizashi to attack two land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In conjunction with master race car builder Richard Holdener, the team from R&T will attack the naturally aspirated Gas Coupe class, as well as the turbocharged Blown Gas Coupe category.
The naturally aspirated record is a meager 103 mph, a velocity that virtually any production car could easily surpass, and this record should be a wash for the Suzuki. The Blown Gas Coupe category on the other hand, has a loftier goal of 203 mph, and the Kizashi is going to need some serious changes to hit the mark. A roll cage, aluminum racing seat and some fancy engine components are seen in the video, while Holdener talks about a parachute system to slow the car down. R&T plans on periodically released a short video clip, so you’ll just have to periodically check back for more coverage.
[Source: Road & Track]