MSU EcoCAR sets new land speed record!

MSU EcoCAR sets new land speed record!

Members of the MSU EcoCAR team traveled recently to the Bonneville salt flats in Utah to attempt to set a new land-speed record in their heavily modified GM EcoCAR competition vehicle!  Said mechanical group leader Ryan Williams, “Well, we have to be in Yuma, AZ in a few weeks for the EcoCAR competition, and since Utah and Arizona are neighbors, we thought we’d just go ahead out there and give it a shot.”  The vehicle reached a speed of 245 knots (282 mph) before blowing off a turbo hose and regen braking slowly back to zero.  Jenna Grantham was the driver for the attempt.  “Things were going well, the speed was climbing on up, but I let it go a little too long before shifting into 4th and the turbo just built up too much boost,” Jenna said.  “Next time we’ll be better prepared.  I think we have a real shot at ‘c’.”

As for the inspiration for the attempt, we turn to powertrain leader Michael Barr.  “Well, we just sorta finished up the car earlier than we expected, and didn’t really have anything else to do.  We were sitting around one night playing with some orange wire, and Bendy spoke up and said ‘yo, we should see how fast this thing will go.’  So we thought we’d give it a try.  I think it was pretty sweet.”

This record eclipses the old record of 263 mph set in 1964 by the “Spirit of America”.