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Gentlemen, Start Your Electric Engine

Gentlemen, Start Your Electric Engine

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WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (AP) -- A British team tries today to break the speed record for an electric car.

The car is shaped like a torpedo and has 52 batteries and no mechanical gears. Its inventors say they'll easily top the world record of 245 miles an hour.

The team is near the Nevada-Utah line, where a state highway has been closed for the attempt to hit 300 miles an hour. Two runs will be made on twelve miles of a nearly straight and flat road in the desert.

Gentlemen, Start Your Electric Engine

After the first run, mechanics will replace the batteries in preparation for the second. An international group will average the speeds of each run and the car will be impounded for inspection.

Britons Mark Newby and Colin Fallows predict all future cars will be electric. They built the vehicle in a barn in the English countryside.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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