Venturi VBB-3 Gets Unveiled; Flooded Salt Flats Push Back Land Speed Record Attempt to 2014 (w/videos)

4 years ago by Mark Kane 6

Venturi VBB-3 Gets Unveiled

Venturi VBB-3 Gets Unveiled

The salts are under water

The salts are under water

The Venturi team, which is aiming for a new electric vehicle land speed record, sadly after 2 years of development isn’t able to even try for the record.

Not ’til next year at least.

Venturi’s planned event for this month in Bonneville was canceled due to poor weather conditions. The salt flats were flooded.

The latest Venturi vehicle, called the VBB-3, did some test runs on the runway of the Wendover airfield in Utah, where the team has been operating for the past eight days.

Venturi VBB-3 on the runway of the Wendover airfield

Venturi VBB-3 on the runway of the Wendover airfield

What is unusual is that Prince Albert of Monaco came all the way to the Wendover airfield to unveil, for the first time, the Venturi VBB-3, which with over 2,200 kW of combined power is claimed to be “the world most powerful electric car“:

“For its world première, the Sovereign of Monaco came to unveil the Venturi VBB-3, a brand new Venturi electric car with more than 3.000 CV.”

“The Prince Albert therefore came to bring his support to the entrepreneur from Monaco Gildo Pallanca Pastor, president of Venturi Automobiles, leader in the field of high performance electric vehicles and whose company holds since 2010 the FIA world land speed record for an electric vehicle (495 km/h).”

“At this occasion, the designs and the technologic innovations at the heart of this project have been explained at length to the Prince and the Princess.”

“Real laboratory for technology, the Venturi VBB-3 is the result of an extensive collaboration started in 2009 between Venturi Automobiles and The Ohio State University. This third generation of Venturi “Jamais Contente” is the most powerful 100% electric car ever built, and is striving to exceed 600 km/h by 2014.”

Gildo Pallanca Pastor, president of Venturi Automobiles and Prince Albert of Monaco with Princess

Gildo Pallanca Pastor, president of Venturi Automobiles and Prince Albert of Monaco with Princess

 

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6 responses to "Venturi VBB-3 Gets Unveiled; Flooded Salt Flats Push Back Land Speed Record Attempt to 2014 (w/videos)"

  1. kdawg says:

    Anyone else find it funny someone named Prince Albert is unveiling a car shaped like a.. well you know.

    What University in the US has one of these record holding EV’s? Is it Ohio State?

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Yes…Ohio State

      1. Dan Frederiksen says:

        I think it’s actually Ohio state that’s building the car for Venturi.

    2. James says:

      Yes. The “Buckeye Bullet” was attempting 400mph with 2 Venturi motors –
      in fact. Sadly, they were using A123 batteries – I wonder if their next attempt
      will be with B234’s?

      http://inhabitat.com/ohio-states-400-mph-buckeye-bullet-3-to-attempt-electric-vehicle-speed-record/

      Weird minds think alike – When I read the article I though to myself: ” At the hotel
      in the ‘States, would one of his security guards say – “Yeah, hold on, Prince Albert’s
      in the can!” 🙂

  2. Dan Frederiksen says:

    Where do Venturi get all that money..
    They develop a lot of electric cars that nobody buys. And then this program which can’t be cost free.

    1. kdawg says:

      Probably selling extremely overpriced luxury cars to people with too much money.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venturi_Automobiles