Buckeye Bullet Venturi: World’s Fastest Electric Car at the New York International Auto Show

Apr 19, 2017 05:00 AM EDT | Hannah Jill

The Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, reputedly the world's fastest electric car, debuts at the ongoing New York International Auto Show. The car is surprisingly also teaching kids the future of electric automobiles.

Students of the Village Community School are getting face to face lessons on the new Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 car with regards to its design, technology, and potential. Such lessons would be most helpful in plotting out the future of electric vehicles on the planet.

History of the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 started when students of the Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research had joined up with Venturi Automobile. This European electric car manufacturer teamed up with the students to create the Buckeye Bullet Venturi 3.

The 38-foot long carbon fiber car was manufactured by the Automotive Center and broke land speed records of 342 and 358 miles an hour in 2009 and 2010. The Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 is driven by four electric motors producing 3,000 horsepower and 80 lithium ion batteries.

The Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 had a go for its racing speeds at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Before the Buckeye Bullet 3, its predecessor, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5, had the world's fastest electric car record of 494 kilometers per hour.

After being presented at the New York International Auto Show, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 is set to do another run at the Bonneville, Utah flats. This time, it will try to achieve 400 miles, according to Program Manager David Cooke.

Working with well-known car manufacturers and parts suppliers like Venturi and Hewland who supplied the A123 system battery cells and specially made motors, students who graduate from the Bullet program are well-prepared to work in the car industry. Moreover, they get to work with cutting-edge digital design and software.

Time can only tell if the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 will set another landmark speed record. In the meantime, the team is preparing for another run at the Utah flats!


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