In March 2016, Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) team members, along with The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Buckeye Bullet team, met for an award ceremony press event at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).
TRC Inc. team members and CAR students joined together to welcome Dennis Dean, the president of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Land Speed Records Commission, an organization which oversees the World Land Speed record attempts.
Dean presented Roger Schroer, a Transportation Research Center Inc. development driver and Manager of TRC Inc.’s Performance Driving School, an award in recognition of the World Land Speed record for FIA Category A Group VIII electric vehicles. This record was achieved in August 2015 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, of 240.320 MPH (386.757 km/h), with a flying mile exit speed of 288 MPH (463.4 km/h).
Although velocities were sufficient to achieve this new record in class, the team unfortunately experienced poor track and weather conditions at the Salt Flats, creating vehicle system problems and limiting higher top speeds.
The Venturi Buckeye Bullet-3 (VBB-3) is the latest of OSU/CAR’s landspeed vehicles, all of which have achieved landspeed records in the electric and hydrogen fuel cell classes since 2004.
Along with Venturi Automobiles, a major contributor to technology and funding support for the team, OSU students from the College of Engineering continue to develop the powertrain systems necessary to give VBB-3 the horsepower it needs to break the 400 mph (643.74 km/h) speed barrier for electric vehicles. The VBB-3 houses lithium-ion battery packs. VBB-3 predecessor vehicles set records in 2004, 2009, and 2010.
The OSU Buckeye Bullet student team tests on TRC’s Vehicle Dynamics Area and 7.5 Mile Test Track and will return to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this summer to attempt additional records.