Electric Car Breaks 200 mph Barrier, Sets New World Land Speed Record

Electric cars are now getting high speed and making new records. Lately, some engineering students from Brigham Young University (BYU) have made an electric car that has broken 200 mph barrier and set a new land speed record.

Students With E1 Streamliner

The electric car is called Electric Blue. This car is also called a streamliner because it has a long, slender shape and enclosed wheels that reduce air resistance. This electric cars weighs less than 1,100 pounds. However, Electric Blue electric car has been designed and modified by more than 130 BYU students over the past 10 years.

Electric Blue

In 2011, the earlier version of this BYU electric car had reached to a maximum speed limit of 155.8 mph, but this time, it crossed 200 mph speed. Here’s a video of that car that made a record in 2011.

Kelly Hales, BYU student and team captain said, “When we set the record three years ago we felt like we left a lot on the table. On paper we thought we could get 200 mph but we never had the conditions just right—until now.”

BYU's Electric Blue

The car notched the record this month in front of approximately 180 teams and their cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Jim Burkdoll, president of the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association, drove the car to set the record. It is to be noted here that, the car’s aerodynamic performance and lithium iron phosphate batteries helped the car reach its high speed.

BYU's streamliner

It’s not been confirmed yet what to do with this speedy car. Will it be placed at BYU’s engineering building or be put in a racing museum? Or will it be dismantled? That remains to be seen now.

Source: Brigham Young University

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Anatol Rahman is the Editor at TheTechJournal. He loves complicated machineries, and crazy about robot and space. He likes cycling. Before joining TheTechJournal team, he worked in the telemarketing industry. You can catch him on Google+.

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