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175 MPH Student-Built EV Smashes Speed Record 164

An anonymous reader writes "A team of Brigham Young University students recently smashed the world land speed record for electric vehicles by hitting a top speed of 175 miles per hour in their self-built electric car. The car, named 'Electric Blue,' reached high speeds thanks to lithium iron phosphate batteries and its streamlined design, which is capped by a tail fin for speed and agility."
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175 MPH Student-Built EV Smashes Speed Record

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  • Do they know a tgv hit 574kph / 357 mph ?

    • That would be a train, not a car, and I don't believe that the TGV operates under battery power either.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by chocapix ( 1595613 )
      Also, it's "for its weight class". Otherwise, there's this 315mph electric car [], also built by students.
  • What a lost opportunity...

    "Car Smash Record!"

  • No they didn't. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    FTA: An electric car designed and built by BYU engineering students set a world land speed record for its weight class.
    That qualifier makes a world of difference.

    Here's an article [] about students setting a EV speed record of 307.7 mph last year.

    • Re:No they didn't. (Score:4, Informative)

      by sifi ( 170630 ) on Wednesday October 05, 2011 @04:02AM (#37609394)
      I agree - they also didn't smash the record either, as there wasn't one there to break.

      The streamliner, named “Electric Blue,” competes in the “E1” class, which includes cars weighing less than 1,100 pounds. Because electric cars rely on heavy batteries, engineering a speedy vehicle at such a light weight is very difficult. That’s why there were no prior certified speed runs for this class

      Hats off to them though, still a pretty impressive feat!
  • I heard these EVs are incredibly silent. This will cost lives unless loudspeakers are installed. Great opportunity for creativity. You could have a lion roaring or something like that. Or just an engine sound.

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      You could have it play ice cream truck music, and troll kids as you drive though residential areas!

    • At idle, sure, they're silent (until some ass puts a ridiculous sound system in), and even when driving they can't compare buses and semis. But then, most cars don't either.

      EVs are really not much quieter than a well built gas vehicle. Consider the road noise from a Tesla Model S [] as an example. The cars are almost as loud as the truck that tows them in.

    • Just attach a whistle. Much cheaper (construction and energy-wise) than loudspeakers. Not a referee whistle though, something designed with a low, smooth tone, so if a million of these are on the road, it won't drive everyone else nuts.

      • by Geminii ( 954348 )
        I'd still like the opportunity to upload sound profiles, though. Have your car sound like a Ferrari, a Harley, or a TIE fighter!
  • capped by a tail fin for speed and agility

    Uh, no. It has a fin for stability. The whole design of the car (long and narrow) is set up for linear speed, not agility. The fin doesn't improve the speed other than preventing you from crashing before you top out.

    If you want to build an agile electric car, it'd look something like a Tesla Roadster.

    • Yep fins are bad for speed and agility if anything. They can also help to stabilize cars and make them handle better, but that's not an issue on anything you'd drive on the street...

  • Nothing says "green" like phosphates.

  • We always see these developing stories about tech that is now coming out into the light, but we never see the tech actually make it to the market.
    I am still waiting to see the solar cell paint that you can spray on the side of buildings to turn them all into major electrical generators, yet I have not seen anyone come out with that, let alone see whole cities turn into big generators because of it.

  • How IRONic!

    Nahhh. I'm pretty sure it's Lithium ION batteries. Pretty funny, spell checkers can't handle it when you misspell it to another English word.

    • Actually, if you read the article ... uh, crap. Yeah, anyway, the article does say that it is lithium iron phosphate. Just sayin'.

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