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Embry Riddle Students Crowdfunding to Shatter Land Speed Record

Today it's not uncommon to see electrics cars around everywhere. In fact, I imagine many of you readers might even have one. I wonder how many of you dared to push your car to 250 miles per hour (402.3 kilometers per hour). That's exactly what our team, Eagle Works Advanced Vehicle Lab from Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona plans to do.

Our goal is to shatter the record in the E-2 Class for electric land speed vehicles.


Land speed vehicles vary from the type of power used to the weight of the vehicle to the design of the body. Land speed vehicles can run on several types of fuel, solar power, electric power, or as a hybrid. Eagle Works envisioned building a Class E-2, 1100 lb electric vehicle.

We are building a Class II electric vehicle and will run it under The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) regulations with the intent to set a class E-2 record at a speed of 250 MPH. The course will include a two miles to accelerate up to speed, three one-mile flying starts, and two miles to decelerate.


The Eagle Works Team is made up of more than 30 undergraduate students at the ERAU Prescott campus. Most Team members are Aerospace or Mechanical Engineers but the team is open to, and has a number of students from other majors. At this time all of the team members are undergraduate students.

Our team currently uses ANSYS Fluent, Maxwell, HFSS, Discovery Live, and Mechanical for our simulations.

  • Our Aerodynamics Division uses ANSYS Fluent to optimize the aero-shell design. More specifically we are testing different nose and tail profiles in order to reduce drag and increase stability.
  • The Motors and Motor Controllers Team is deep into using Maxwell and HFSS trying to understand the intricacies associated with magnetic fields as well as electronic signal noise created by the two powerful motors up front.
  • Other team members use ANSYS Mechanical and Discovery Live to test the structural integrity of the frame and external components in order to verify that the worst case scenarios yield values within our factor of safety.

Crowdfunding is crucial to the success of this project.

The team is currently renovating and updating the shop to be capable of producing a land speed car that will baffle more experienced engineers and give us the experience and success to boost our careers. Through a crowdfunding project we hope to raise the funds needed to purchase large and indispensable items such as a used Bridgeport milling machine, new air compressor, and more steel to complete the frame. The funding will also be used for smaller items such as tools and safety equipment in the form of welding masks, gloves, respirators, etc.

You can find more information on our team page, as well as this video of our progress so far.

If electric car technology is a passion or if you just want to help a motivated student team, we would be honored if you can help us reach our crowdfunding goals. Our crowdfunding link is:


Thanks for your support!