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Battery-powered Buckeye Bullet aiming for land speed record

 A team from OSU’s Center for Automotive Research is planning to break the world land speed record for electric vehicles next year with a streamlined car known as the VBB-3, or Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3.

Built in collaboration with Venturi, a boutique electric car company based in Monaco, the VBB-3 is a 38-foot-long all-wheel-drive battery-powered vehicle with 3,000 hp, making it the most powerful EV ever made.

The team is aiming to hit 600 km/h (373 mph) on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats later this year, and 700 km/h (435 mph) in 2014.

To carry enough energy to do that, the VBB-3 uses a lithium-phosphate battery pack comprised of 2,000 cells that weighs over 3,500 pounds.

It will be piloted by Roger Schroer, a test driver from the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio -- an automotive proving ground that boasts a 7.5-mile high speed oval test track where cars can be pushed to speeds well over 200 mph.

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