After three long years of having bad luck weather on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Venturi Automobiles and partner The Ohio State University Center For Automotive Research, achieved the coveted record it has sought for so long.
The Venturi VBB-3 set a new world speed record (pending FIA decision) for electric vehicles at 341.4 mph (549.43 kph). Previous record from 2010 (VBB-2.5 was 307mph/495kph).
The top speed during the two runs in opposite direction was 358 mph (576 kph).
The new record is still below the original target (600 km/h or 373 mph), and full potential of the VBB-3 - which is equipped with two electric motors 3,000 hp (2 x 1,500 hp) and A123 System lithium-ion batteries.
Venturi VBB-3 motor and battery
Venturi VBB-3 spec
Venturi VBB-3, The world’s fastest electric car
The Venturi VBB-3 established two new FIA world speed records for an electric vehicle : 341.4 miles per hour (549.43kph) The car also set a top speed record : 358 mph (576 kph) The performance took place on the Bonneville salt flats (Utah, USA) under the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regulation. Timing has been done on 1 mile ran in both directions at one hour intervals.
Five world speed records for Venturi and the OSU
With Roger Schroer (from the Transportation Research Center TRC, Ohio) behind the wheel, this is the 5th time in their history that Venturi reached with the Center For Automotive Research (The Ohio State University) this level of performance. In 2009 the Monaco powertrain manufacturer clinched the FIA world speed record for a fuel cell car (303mph/487kph). In 2010 the Venturi VBB-2.5 realized the FIA world speed record for an electric vehicle (307mph/495kph), and in 2014 and 2015 two new category records. « I each time enjoyed driving the car and achieving this performance. But at those speeds you have to focus on your task not on your emotions. I know we can go further. This week the track was good. No main vehicle instability. Much better than the last days during tuning and testing. We always have to be patient and wait for the track to be ready.» said Roger.
Repeatedly postponed by weather
2016 result has been long to come. Built in the first half of 2013, this 3rd generation of Venturi VBB could have run in September 2013. Severe weather that hit Utah 3 years in a row led to the cancellation of record attempts. « It’s a relief because we were waiting for this result for 3 years. Heavy rain and bad weather conditions on the Salt Flats prevented our success. VBB-3 is the most powerful electric car in the world (3000hp). We had to demonstrate that it was also the fastest. It’s done by breaking our own record achieved with the VBB-2.5 in 2010. It shows also that our partnership between students and a manufacturer can bring a lot in this new automotive industry in terms of research and development » said Gildo Pallanca Pastor, Venturi’s owner.
Technological and educational project
For Venturi Automobiles the VBB program is a strategic approach and is a fantastic test for electric powertrain in harsh conditions and environments. This scope allows innovation in the fields of electric propulsion and energy efficiency one of the great challenges of the automotive industry. Each component of the vehicle was specifically studied, designed and built for that particular application that has no reference. For CAR it is an incomparable way to expose 25 young engineers to experience the realities of development applied to automotive technology and innovative methods of propulsion. « For our group of students this program is an incredible way to apply the academic knowledge to real life. Moreover VBB is a unique application, a new world to discover at the forefront of the electric industry. It’s a real experience which interest the companies whom are going to hire our students. » David Cooke, team manager
Since 2000, VENTURI and its président Gildo Pallanca Pastor have been pursuing a sustained electric vehicle innovation policy. Venturi is a pioneer in electric sports cars and harnesses the most advanced technologies available that are just as relevant to urban vehicles as it is to very high performance cars. Venturi entered en 2013 the FIA Formulae championship that will open season 3 next October.
CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (OSU CAR) is the preeminent research center in sustainable and safe mobility in the United States and an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering. OSU CAR research focuses on: advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and alternative fuels for reduced fuel consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems; autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle chassis systems; and vehicle and occupant safety. OSU CAR also provides facilities and support for five automotive undergraduate student project teams and focuses its mission on worldwide dissemination of technical knowledge for and with clients and partners.