Now wait a second. Didn’t the Buckeye Bullett set a land speed record of over 300 mph in an electric vehicle? Well yes, they did. But land speed records are divided into a number of catagories, from hot rods to motorcycles to classes based on weight and power. BYU set out with their carbon fiber streamliner to set a new EV land speed record in the sub-1,100 pound catagory.
And they did just that, with a one-way top speed of over 175 mph. Their average, “verified” top speed was 155.8 mph, and since there were no other entries in the “E1” class of sub 1,100-pound EV’s, BYU’s “Electric Blue” streamliner is now a world record holder. But don’t expect any land speed record to stand for long, especially with all the recent interest in electric land speed racing. There are plenty of other alt-fuel records up for grabs too, like steam power. Yes, people race with steam power.
Still congrats to the students of BYU who helped put this electric rocket together. Who says EV’s have to be slow?