PROVO -- An electric car designed and built by BYU engineering students set a world land speed record for its weight class after averaging 155.8 mph over its two qualifying runs.
The milestone announced Monday by school officials marks the end of the seven-year quest of more than 130 students led by retired professor Perry Carter.
The car is called a streamliner and has a long, slender shape and enclosed wheels to reduce air resistance.
The streamliner can run safely only in places like the Bonneville Salt Flats because it has one inch of ground clearance and a wide turning radius. It competes in a class for cars weighing less than 1,100 pounds.
Utah Salt Flats Racing Association President Jim Burkdoll drove the car on its two record-setting runs in mid-September.