At the end of March, Venturi dropped the first details on its intention to hit an amazing 435 mph (700 km/h) at the famed Salt Flats in Bonneville, Utah - also known as the world speed capital. Today the company has finally dropped the first details on the vehicle that will be used for this attempt: the third-generation "Venturi Jamais Contente", aka VBB-3.
The VBB-3 is fully electric and develops a total of 3,000 horsepower. Venturi’s first record was established in 2010 when the VBB-2.5 went up to a top speed of 495 km/h (307.58 mph). With the VBB-3, Venturi plans to go up to 600 km/h (372.82 mph) and, in 2014, it plans to hit 700 km/h (434.96 mph). The biggest surprise will be revealed in 2015, but that remains a secret for now.
The VBB-3 will make its first appearance at the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 10th through 16th of 2013 and the first record attempts will take place on September 12 and 18, 2013.
Update 9/27/2013: Venturi was supposed to unveil the VBB-3 at the Bonneville Salt Flats top speed run this year, but heavy rains and flooding in an otherwise dry area cancelled the FIA-sanctioned top-speed runs. Instead VBB invited Prince Albert of Monaco over to officially unveil the 3,000-horsepower VBB-3. Venturi also revealed a series of videos of the top-speed monster, which you can see after the jump.
Click past the jump to learn about some land speed record set at Bonnevvile.
Land speed records at Bonneville
|Year||Driver||Vehicle||Speed mph||Speed km/h|
|1935||Sir Malcolm Campbell||Blue Bird||301.129||484.620|
|1947||Don Waite||The Edelbrock Special||192||309|
|1963||Craig Breedlove||Spirit of America||407.447||655.722|
|1963||Dick Beith||Pepco 36 hp VW Lakester||129.68||208.700|
|1964||Art Arfons||The Green Monster||434.022||664.694|
|1965||Craig Breedlove||Spirit of America - Sonic 1||600.601||966.574|
|1969||Burt Munro||Indian Scout V-Twin||183.59||295.44|
|1970||Gary Gabelich||Blue Flame||622.407||1001.67|
|2001||Don Vesco||Vesco Turbinator - Turbine Engine||458.443||737.395|
|2004||R. Schroe||Buckeye Bullet - Electric Vehicle||314.958||524.930|
|2006||Andy Green||JCB Dieselmax - Diesel Streamliner||350.092||563.418|
|2012||Brandon Nozaki Miller||2012 Zero Motorcycles S ZF6 - Lightweight (under 150kg) Unfaired Electric Motorcycle||102.281||164.605|
Press Release 1
As part of its «VENTURI GLOBAL CHALLENGES» initiative, VENTURI AUTOMOBILES is launching, in partnership with OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, a new electric vehicle world speed records program.
The Venturi VBB-3: the fastest and most powerful of all
With 3,000 HP, the 3rd generation «VENTURI JAMAIS CONTENTE» will be the most powerful electric car ever built. ROGER SCHROER, test driver at the Transportation Research Center (Ohio) and current holder of the FIA world record (which he achieved in 2010 aboard the VENTURI VBB-2.5 - reaching a top speed of 495 km/h (307.58 mph)), is planning to hit 600 km/h (372.82 mph) in 2013, followed by 700 km/h (434.96 mph) in 2014 before pushing the limits still further in 2015.
Bonneville Utah: World Speed Capital
The 1st public unveiling of the VBB-3 will take place on the Bonneville Salt Flats, where it will take part in the SPEEDWEEK on August 10 - 16, 2013. The FIA record attempts will take place on September 12 and 18, 2013.
Energy efficiency as a challenge
According to Gildo Pallanca Pastor, CEO, VENTURI AUTOMOBILES, «... by designing the most powerful electric vehicle in the world, we are consolidating our lead in the field of electric propulsion, but perhaps more importantly, we are innovating in order to optimize energy efficiency, one of the greatest challenges facing not only the automobile industry, but society in general».
An approach welcomed by Jean Todt FIA President came to support the teams of the President of Venturi and encourage the project.
Because the VBB-3 doubles as a fantastic test bed for electric power trains subjected to extreme conditions and environments, this new records program amounts to a truly strategic R&D initiative for VENTURI. As far as the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is concerned, this is also a «This program presents our students with a unique experience to extend their engineering education. It is the culmination of 20 years of Electric Vehicle racing at Ohio State – we do not know of any other program that has embraced e-motorsports continuously for two decades, and we are grateful to Venturi for giving us the opportunity to seek ever higher challenges in electric racing.», says Giorgio Rizzoni, Director of the CAR.
In this, the centenary year of his death, this program pays homage to Camille Jenatzi who, on April 29, 1899, became the first person in history to break the 100 km/h (62 mph) barrier. Just like Jenatzi in his electric vehicle nicknamed the «Jamais Contente», VENTURI is setting new benchmarks that were formerly the preserve of piston, diesel and petrol engines.
Press Release 2
Prince Albert of Monaco unveils for the first time the Venturi VBB-3, the world’s most powerful electric car
WENDOVER, Utah, 25th September, 2013, PRNewswire/ - The Venturi team Wenesday 18th received the visit of HHSSHH, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene on the runway of the Wendover airfield (Utah, USA), where the team has been operating for the past eight days.
For its world première, the Sovereign of Monaco came to unveil the Venturi VBB-3, a brand new Venturi electric car with more than 3000 CV.
After two years of development, the land speed record vehicle was supposed to run on the salt flats of Bonneville over the past few days, but due to poor weather conditions the FIA had to cancel these attempts.
Prince Albert, therefore, offered his support to the entrepreneur from Monaco, Gildo Pallanca Pastor, president of Venturi Automobiles. The company is a leader in the field of high performance electric vehicles and holds since 2010, the FIA world land speed record for an electric vehicle at 495 km/h.
At this occasion, the designs and the technological innovations at the heart of the project were 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 Ohio State University. This third generation of Venturi "Jamais Contente" is the most powerful, fully electric car ever built, and is striving to exceed 600 km/h by 2014.
Gildo Pallanca Pastor: "I am proud of sharing with the Prince Sovereign and the Princess the launch of this new sportive, technological and environmental challenge. It is truly thrilling to work on such a project to help tomorrow’s mobility to progress."
Since 2000, VENTURI has been pursuing a sustained electric vehicle innovation policy. It is a pioneer in electric sports cars and harnesses the most advanced technology available that is just as relevant to urban vehicles as it is to very high performance cars.