Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Schroer Receives Royal Award
Roger Schroer, performance driver at Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.), recently traveled with The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Buckeye Bullet team to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speedweek, in hopes to break last year’s electric vehicle speed record. The Bullet, named BB3, was to be driven by Roger, who is the driver for the Bullet each year.
The meet was originally scheduled for September 12-18, however, a large storm system flooded the salt flats, leading to eventual postponement of the event. Venturi, the primary sponsor of the Buckeye Bullet, arranged to have the team work out of an airport hanger located in Wendover, Utah. On the airstrip, the team was also able to conduct some low speed testing on one of their taxiways. Since the BB3 is still being developed, every test run is important, and the team learned a great deal about the car.
Venturi, the sponsor of the Buckeye Bullet, is located in the European country of Monaco. Thierry Apparu of Venturi is an acquaintance of the royal family in Monaco, leading to a visit by Prince Albert and Princess Charlene on September 18th. Roger Schroer presented the Prince with a racing helmet which is a duplicate of the one worn while driving the Buckeye Bullet. Prince Albert then presented a medal to Roger Schroer, which was the first time a medal had ever been presented outside of the palace.
The team plans to return to Bonneville in 2014 in an effort to raise the electric vehicle record above 400 MPH. You can learn more about the BB3 at www.buckeyebullet.com/BB3.html.