The record for electric vehicle highest speed just got broken at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a report from AutoEvolution explains.
Driver Eric Ritter broke the record first by going to the speed of 322 mph (518 km/h). This was done with the help of the team Vesco and reVolt System’s 444 ‘Little Giant’ streamliner on September 30. A day later, he reached a record speed of 353 mph (568 km/h) which proved to be a new national record for electric vehicles.
This electrical vehicle is called the ‘Little Giant’ and it has two “heavily modified” electric Tesla motors powered by 1,152 prismatic lithium-ion batteries. The exact specifications and features of the vehicle are still not disclosed.
The overall land speed record has been set since October 15, 1997. It was set by Thrust SCC at 763 mph (1,277 km/h), using the Thrust SCC supersonic car. the all-electric land speed record was set in 2016 by Ohio State University’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, which reached a top speed of 341 mph (549 km/h).
Ever since the first record, the company called Bloodhound LSR has been trying to break the overall record with driver Andy Green, who was in the driver’s seat for Thrust SCC’s record run. Bloodhound has crossed the 500 mph (804 km/h) barrier, though it was recently in the search for a new owner has faced economic difficulties due to the damping down of things in the pandemic.
It is being said that the AutoEvolution, Team Vesco wants to set the electric vehicle land speed record even higher and is currently aiming to reach 400 mph (643 km/h). Team Vesco has enough experience as they also set a record of 458 MPH (737 km/h) FIA World Land Speed Record in 2001 with the wheel-driven Turbinator II.