Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3

Ohio State’s electric streamliner Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 achieves new international land speed record

Despite difficult track conditions for a third year in a row, Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team has successfully chased down yet another international record for electric land speed vehicles at Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.

On Friday, August 21, 2015, professional driver Roger Schroer guided the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) to an average two-way speed of 240.320 miles per hour (386.757 kilometers per hour). The new record set by the VBB-3 is pending certification by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the worldwide motorsports governing body, in Category A Group VIII Class 8. This is the second year the team has competed in this new competition category, which during similarly weather-challenged tests last year set a record in the same category at 212.615 mph (342.171 kph). The ultimate world record for electric vehicles, set by the Ohio State-Venturi team in 2010, is 307.6 mph (495 kph) in FIA’s Category A Group VIII Class 4.

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TRC Inc. exploits its VDA

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Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) has hosted two events on its Vehicle Dynamics Area this fall which have helped hone the relationship between TRC Inc. and The Ohio State University (OSU). The two events were OSU Board Member Family Fun Day and an OSU Visit consisting of the Dean’s External Advisory Board and key Engineering faculty.
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OSU Job Shadow Day

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On Friday, March 18, 2016, Transportation Research Center (TRC Inc.) hosted approximately 25 engineering students from OSU for a Job Shadow Day. The Job Shadow Program through OSU gives students an opportunity to take one day out of their spring break to spend time at an employer’s site to observe engineers and learn more about professional roles in the engineering field. In return, TRC Inc. has the opportunity to promote its organization and introduce the TRC Inc. Internship Program to young and upcoming professionals.

The day began with an overview of the organization, which Mark-Tami Hotta, TRC Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, and Tim Leckey, Chief Marketing Officer, presented to the group. After the students were given time enough to ask questions, everyone set off for a tour of the outdoor facilities, which almost all of the students were seeing for the first time.
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Focus on Active Safety

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TRC Inc. continues to develop plans in conjunction with The Ohio State University to create new road-test facilities focused on the implementation of active safety technologies in passenger and commercial vehicles. As companies in the industry increase the capability of these various vehicle communication systems and environment sensing technology, TRC Inc. aims to provide a controlled environment for research, development, and evaluation of these active safety systems.
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EcoCAR3

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As part of Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) sponsoring the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. Most commonly known as EcoCAR 3. Milt Dunlop Sr. VP and Jeffrey Sprague COO traveled to Seattle Washington to Judge the year one competition and participate in their trade show and Job Fair.
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Injury Bio Mechanics

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Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Injury Biomechanics Symposium hosted by The Ohio State University (Ohio State) in conjunction with TRC Inc. The annual symposium is intended to stimulate and reward strong injury biomechanics research among students and recent graduates and will be held on the campus of Ohio State from May 17-19, 2015. The symposium will kick off Sunday with bowling at Sawmill Lanes, followed by a welcome reception held at The Varsity Club on Ohio State’s campus. On Monday, the symposium will move to The Blackwell Hotel for the research presentations and posters. This year’s banquet will be held at the Faculty Club on Ohio State’s historic ellipse. The symposium will close on Tuesday with additional presentations and posters, and the annual Dr. Margaret A. Hines Awards. Additionally, an Anatomy Short Course will be offered for the third year in a row along with a new offering of an Injury Biomechanics Short Course.
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Schroer Receives Royal Award

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Roger Schroer, performance driver at Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.), recently traveled with The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Buckeye Bullet team to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speedweek, in hopes to break last year’s electric vehicle speed record. The Bullet, named BB3, was to be driven by Roger, who is the driver for the Bullet each year.
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Roads Scholars Visit TRC

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On August 31, 2011 The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Roads Scholars visited Transportation Research Center (the Center), as part of their annual two-day traveling seminar. This annual seminar is specially designed for new and newly tenured faculty, new administrators, and student leaders. It highlights partnerships in Ohio and it opens doors to new and innovative collaborations.
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