BYU Electric Car Breaks 200 MPH Barrier
OCT 9 2014 BY MARK KANE
A 200 mph EV probably isn’t shocking anybody these days, however this mark was crossed for the very first time in the E1 category (electric car under 500 kg/1,100 pounds).
The new land speed record of 204.9 mph (329,7 km/h) was set by Brigham Young University team at the Bonneville Salt Flats and was certified by the Southern California Timing Association.
The vehicle that did it is named Electric Blue and she is veteran with the previous record of 155.8 mph since 2011.
BYU promised that it will not dismantle Electric Blue and send it to the racing museum or put it pn display in BYU’s engineering building.
“Electric Blue, an E1 streamliner designed and modified by more than 130 BYU students over the past 10 years, averaged 204.9 mph on two qualifying runs this month. The new mark obliterates the previous record, 155.8 mph, which coincidentally was set by the same BYU car in 2011.”
“Electric Blue is called a streamliner because it has a long, slender shape and enclosed wheels that reduce air resistance. BYU’s car is in the E1 category, which means it is electric and weighs less than 1,100 pounds. Other streamliners, notably one built by Ohio State University students, have achieved higher speeds but in much heavier vehicles requiring different weight classes.”
“BYU students custom-built the lightweight carbon fiber body of Electric Blue over a six-year period, with the help of computer programs that model wind tunnels. Aerodynamic performance and lithium iron phosphate batteries helped the car reach its high speeds over the last four years of runs.”
BYU student and team captain, Kelly Hales stated:
“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.”
“We were going to retire the car last year when head faculty advisor, Perry Carter, left for an LDS mission, but we petitioned for one more year. Now the car will officially retire with a record we think will be unbeatable for a while.”
Manufacturing professor Mike Miles, praised the generous support of Ira Fulton:
“This was kind of the last hurrah; we wanted to give them one final shot. Ira Fulton kept chipping in financial support and we’re so grateful he did because the results were fantastic. I congratulate Perry Carter, Kelly Hales, and all of the students who worked on this project, for an amazing achievement.”
Here is older video from the 2011 World Record setting run: