A Tesla-Powered EV Just Hit 353 MPH On The Bonneville Salt Flats

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This was fast enough to set a new national EV speed record.

Thanks to their instant torque and advanced technology, electric cars can often exceed the performance of combustion cars. The Tesla Model S Plaid will hit 0-60 mph in under two seconds (in specific circumstances) and recently set a new Nurburgring EV lap record that destroyed the Porsche Taycan's record, while the Rimac Nevera can make a Ferrari SF90 Stradale look like it was standing still.

Now, a custom-built electric car dubbed the Team Vesco 444 reVolt Systems streamliner, nicknamed the "Little Giant", has set a new national EV speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats not once but twice, demonstrating the future performance potential of electric powertrains as the technology continually evolves.

Team Vesco
Team Vesco

Driven by Eric Ritter, Little Giant recorded an average speed of 322 mph in the first run. Just 24 hours later, he beat his own record achieving a blistering 353 mph average speed and a top speed of 357 mph. Although the average speed was 12 mph faster than the current world record, it isn't classed as a world record because they require both runs to be completed within 60 minutes. Nevertheless, this was still fast enough to set a new national EV land speed record.

Powering Little Giant are 1,152 prismatic lithium-ion batteries and a heavily modified pair of Tesla Model S motors. The batteries are recharged with solar power using a Tier 4 solar trailer.

"What an incredible ride! The torque off the starting line -- it's a monster - it bolts without hesitation and keeps pulling, non-stop. Our time slips tell the story, with the 357 mph top speed, that 400 is now a reality, no longer just a dream," said Ritter.

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Team Vesco
Team Vesco

Little Giant is the result of a collaboration between Team Vesco, reVolt Systems, Trenton Wonsley, who engineered the project, and American Track Roadster's Greg Peek, who penned the design.

"In design, you start with things that you know and the things you don't, then fill in the blanks and connect the dots," Peek explained. "The main parts had to go through six complex processes to end up with something useful and reliable. You can go for cheap or go for bullet proof. I think our new National record shows which one we chose."

Now that the 350 mph barrier has been broken, Team Vesco's next target is to hit 400 mph in Little Giant. Team Vesco is no stranger to breaking speed records, either. Back in 2001, Don Vesco set a land speed record of 458 mph for wheel-driven cars in "The Turbinator," which was powered by a 3,750-hp combustion engine. It's probably only a matter of time before that record gets broken during the electric car revolution.

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