Thursday, 13 November 2014
Electric Car Breaks 200 MPH, Sets New World Land Speed Record
An electric car built by students at Brigham Young University has set a new land speed record for cars in its class. "Electric Blue" averaged a mind-blowing 204.9 mph over two runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats this month, beating its own previous record from 2011 by nearly 50 mph.
Electric Blue competes in the "E1" racing class, since it's electrically powered and weighs less than 1,100 pounds. The sleek blue-and-white streamliner is made of lightweight carbon fiber and powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries. Its spaceship-like design has been modified by dozens of students over the course of 10 years.