Venturi VBB-3 Becomes The World’s Fastest Electric Car
Power and speed catapult VBB-3 to a top speed of 358 mphby Kirby Garlitos, on
Land speed records have been falling by the wayside at the Bonneville Salt Flats as another team has staked claim to an FIA world speed record. There’s a sense of familiarity with this team because it’s Venturi, the same outfit that has already broken the world EV speed record several times in the past. It did so in 2009 and again in 2010. Now it’s done it for the third time with the VBB-3 “Venturi Buckeye Bullet,” which hit a staggering average of 341 mph on its way to setting a ridiculous top speed of 358 mph at the Salt Flats.
To put things in perspective, the last time Venturi set the EV land speed record in 2010, it posted an average speed of 307 mph with the VBB-2.5. That was six years ago. The team, which is made up of a cooperation between the Monaco-based company and students from Ohio State University, had initially planned to use the VBB-3 as early as 2013, but those plans were scuttled by challenging weather conditions that prevented the team from making any clear runs. Even when the team got a chance to go for glory in 2015, it only managed to reach 240 mph, well short of its intended goal.
Speaking of that goal, its new FIA world speed record of 341 mph – average speed isn’t even the team’s real goal. It wants to hit 400 mph, which sounds ridiculous when you think about it but is actually within the sights of Venturi with the proper modifications placed on the carbon fiber-clad VBB-3. It’s hard to imagine a vehicle that already produces 3,000 horsepower and over 2,000 pound-feet of torque to pack even more power, but that’s the goal the team is striving for. Given how patient it was to wait three years before unleashing the VBB-3, there’s no stopping Venturi from achieving its goal of breaking the 400-mph barrier. When that’s going to be is the question.
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Not resting on its laurels
First of all, big congratulations are in order towards Venturi and the students at Ohio State University for setting this FIA world speed record. It’s hard to imagine a car of any kind reach a top speed of 300 mph, but for the VBB-3 to easily blow past that on its way to an average speed of 341 mph on a flying mile speaks to the incredible work that the team has put into its record-setting run. Granted, having 3,000 horsepower and over 3,500 pounds of batteries helps in that regard, but none of those things should take away what driver Roger Schroer and the entire Venturi team accomplished.
Given how much time and effort was put into this attempt, including a three-year what for the perfect surface conditions, I’m not going to be the first one to scoff at the team’s attempt to break the 400-mph barrier. I can’t imagine anything with wheels going that fast but considering what Venturi just accomplished with this new FIA world speed record, I wouldn’t put it past the time to make a legitimate go at it.
I don’t know when that’s going to be or how many delays Venturi will face this time, but if it exercised the same amount of passion, patience, and determination that they showed in setting this new record, that benchmark speed could be broken sooner than later.