In a move which has certainly grabbed the headlines, Ohio State University could well be the toast of the electric car market amid plans to test a vehicle which researchers believe will hit 400 mph, this is the latest in a long line of record-breaking vehicles from the University's Centre for Automotive Research. Nicknamed Buckeye Bullet 3, this is an entirely different design from the previous two models and takes into account the latest electric car technology.
The vehicle is a collaboration between the University, Ventur,i and battery company A123 (which recently hit the headlines after suffering financial difficulties itself) and takes into account the latest groundbreaking aerodynamics, car design, motor technology, and batteries available. The vehicle itself uses the latest lithium ion phosphate batteries, which are more adept at heavy load and they are faster to charge than your traditional lithium ion batteries.
Venturi is perhaps better known as the French sports car maker which has in the past focused upon petrol vehicles as opposed to electric cars. However, in line with the likes of Tesla Motors the company has decided to branch out into high-end electric sports cars and if the speed test goes to plan, its name will go down in electric car history.
The University of Ohio has an excellent track record in the field of electric vehicles and much of the technology that will be used in the speed test for Buckeye Bullet 3 could well reappear in electric sports cars of the future. There are many factors to take into consideration when looking towards speeds of 400 mph where safety becomes paramount and the cars, motors and batteries are tested to their physical limits.
Quote from ElectricForum.com : "Ohio State University could well be the toast of the electric car market amid plans to test a vehicle which researchers believe will hit 400 mph. The vehicle, nicknamed Buckeye Bullet 3, is a collaboration between the University, Venturi and battery company A123. Will it manage to break the current record of 314mph?"
It will be interesting to see if the previous record of 314 mph is beaten by the new revolutionary vehicle and indeed what kind of speeds it does reach. There is no doubt that the vehicle itself is groundbreaking and offers aerodynamics, electric motor power, and battery power in perfect harmony. There are so many issues take into account including the weight of the vehicle, the position of the motor, the position of the batteries and even the position of the driver. Will it succeed?
Pushing the limits
A vehicle which could potentially go 400 mph is certain pushing the physical and mental limits of those involved. Despite the fact that the electric car industry seems to attract more than its fair share of negative sentiment, the negative comments there is no doubt that this type of venture from the University of Ohio certainly takes things to a different level.
It may be some time before we see any of the technology used on this vehicle replicated in the mass market, and indeed in the electric sports car market, but the fact is that these events and these challenges do push the boundaries. They also give consumers and car manufacturers more confidence for the future, an incentive to improve and develop their own vehicles and they also grab the attention of motorists around the world.