The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering undergraduate student team broke another world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, this time with their hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Buckeye Bullet 2 (BB2), traveling over 300 mph. The Buckeye Bullet 1 currently holds both national and international land speed records at 315 mph and 272 mph respectively and was the first electric vehicle to break the 300 mph barrier. The BB2’s record more than doubled the previous hydrogen-powered vehicle record, making it the first hydrogen-powered vehicle over 300 mph (whether combustion or fuel cell powered).
The BB2’s recorded mile average speed was set on September 25, 2009 at 302.877 mph, with the peak measured speed of 307.011 mph. Although not yet officially FIA certified, the times themselves have already been certified by the timing agency.
The Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2, is hydrogen fuel cell electric-powered. Producing over 700 electric horsepower onboard, it runs on compressed gaseous hydrogen (stored at 5,000 psi), and oxygen is carried onboard (mixed with 60% Helium for safety) for aerodynamic purposes. The BB2 uses only the equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to make a single high-speed run. Its two parachutes slow down and stop the 36-foot long by 40-inch wide streamliner. Aircraft brakes (same as a corporate jet would use) have been integrated for safety
TRC Inc. heralds such an astounding achievement by The Ohio State University students and their instructors of the College of Engineering, out of the Center for Automotive Research in Columbus, Ohio. Supporting the Buckeye Bullet team is TRC Inc’s. own performance driver/instructor Roger Schroer, who piloted both Bullets 1 and 2 to their record victories on the Flats. The BB2 utilized the expansive facilities of Transportation Research Center conducting shakedowns and test runs in preparation for the annual Bonneville World Finals event.
You can read more about the BB2 at www.buckeyebullet.com.