November 16, 1901 – Riker sets electric land speed record

On this day in 1901 Andrew Riker set a new speed record for electric vehicles when he piloted his battery powered Torpedo Racer down a one mile course on Coney Island in 63 seconds, about 57 miles per hour. The event was a race among eight gas powered cars, six steam cars and the Riker. The Torpedo Racer came in third. The current record for electric land speed record is 321.834 mph (517.942 km/h), held by the student-built Buckeye Bullet 1, from Ohio State University. Pic: Riker Torpedo Racer with navigator sitting rear.