American Students Set New Electric Vehicle Land Speed Record

The Bonneville Salt Flats may be the last place on Earth you’d expect to find alternative fuel vehicles. And yet an increasing number of pioneers are pushing the envelope and showing the world that green doesn’t mean slow. Students from Brigham Young University have set a new electric vehicle land speed record of 155 mph.

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?

Source: BYU via The Truth About Cars

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.