The Bullet makes its final attempt at breaking its own record. Barry Hathaway

We’re not sure how your week was, but for a team of mechanical engineers, speed junkies, and gearheads from Ohio State it was anything but slow. This week the team took the Buckeye Bullet version 2.5, the team’s battery powered, all-electric landspeed racer out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to break the electric car land speed world record, and they did exactly that, hitting a peak speed of 320 miles per hour.

The Buckeye Bullet team — a collaboration between the Ohio State University Center for Auto Research and a handful of sponsors — has been racing electric cars for well more than a decade, but the VBB2.5, as it’s known, is their first landspeed racer that runs purely on battery power. Last year their hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered VBB2 set a world record for fuel cell-propelled land vehicles by running a mile at an average speed of 302.877 miles per hour (the two-way average was a slightly lower 300.992 miles per hour).

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VBB2.5 aimed to set the same kind of speed to beat in the all-electric category. Powered by batteries provided by sponsor A123, VBB2.5 logged an average mile speed of 291 miles per hour. But VBB2.5 wasn’t done. The very next day driver Roger Schroer throttled VBB2.5 to a peak speed of 320 miles per hour, logging a two-way average mile speed of 307.66 miles per hour.

The record still needs FIA certification before it’s official, but consider the bar set — it blew past the previous record for an EV by more than 60 miles per hour. But perhaps the most exciting wrinkle in the Buckeye Bullet story is the fact the VBB2.5 is only a test-bed for the team’s battery technology. VBB3 — a sleek black rocket of a landspeed racer that the team plans to build on top of the experience gained from VBB2.5 — is expected to break all previous records in the not too distant future.

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Priming the Bullet

The team straps professional driver Roger Schroer into the Bullet prior to their second run at the record.

Building Velocity

The Bullet makes its final attempt at breaking its own record.

Speeding Downrange

Deploying the ‘Chute

After making the record run, Schroer throws on the brakes.

The Buckeye Bullet Team

THE team from THE Ohio State University celebrates their world record with the all-electrical terrestrial rocket that touched 320 miles per hour before eventually throwing its clutch.

The VBB2

The previous generation of the Buckeye Bullet, the VBB2, topped 300 miles per hour last year running on hydrogen fuel cells, a record for a hydrogen-powered car. By comparison, the current VBB2.5 – which runs on A123 batteries – has a slightly sleeker, leaner look. Though the VBB2.5 is a record-holder as well, it’s but a test-bed for the next-gen model of the Bullet – the planned rocket-like VBB3 – which is expected to smash all previous records.