Venturi’s racing team is hoping to break the 307 mph land speed record set by the VBB-2.5

Venturi partnered with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research back in 2009 to create the Venturi Buckeye Bullet racing team. That year, the team pushed a hydrogen-powered vehicle to 303 mph, setting a new world land speed record. Talk about setting the bar, right? Well, the very next year, the team returned with the VBB-2.5, but this time, it was battery powered. It topped the record from the year before by hitting 307 mph.

For 2016, Venturi racing team is returning to the Bonneville Salt Flats with the VBB-3. It pumps out nearly 3,000 horsepower from a completely electric drivetrain and has been specifically designed to reach a maximum speed of 372 mph or better. Last year the VBB-3 had an average one-mile speed of just 240 mph due to unfavorable conditions, but this year the team is hoping to set another record and edge closer to that top speed.

In preparation, the electric steamliner has been disassembled and thoroughly examined. That means students at OSU have inspected roughly 3.5 miles worth of electrical wire and more than 2,000 battery cells, among other things. So, the real question here is, will the world’s most powerful electric car beat the 307 mph top speed achieved by the VBB-2.5? After last year, it is easy to be skeptical, but we’re waiting until the result comes in before passing any judgment.

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Why it matters

Venturi VBB-3 is Being Prepped for its Return to Bonneville Salt Flats
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There is a lot more to the VBB-3 than just breaking land speed records. This car and the program around it gives young student engineers unparalleled, hands-on experience with electric drivetrain development. Furthermore, Venturi has its own Formula-e team, and all the research and development with the VBB-3 lends another side of development to Venturi’s Formula-e program. For me, the most interesting part is wondering what it’s like to actually drive the bullet-shaped speed demon on steroids. Then again, just image what it must be like to tear this thing apart, put it back together, and watch it shoot through the dessert on its way to more than 300 mph. Taking part in breaking the 300 mph barrier, and topping the 307 mph record must be an amazing feeling. I’m a little jealous of the few lucky enough to take part in the project.

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Read our full review on the Venturi VBB-3 here.

Press Release

The VBB-3 is the most powerful electric car in the world. At nearly 3,000 horsepower, it has been designed to surpass 600 km/h (372 mph).

Venturi VBB-3 is Being Prepped for its Return to Bonneville Salt Flats
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The long process to prepare for this year’s trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats resumed in early January in the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) workshop in Columbus, Ohio, USA. This vehicle is part of an ongoing project by the Venturi Buckeye Bullet racing team which began in 2009 as a partnership between Venturi Automobiles and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR). The team’s first world landspeed record was achieved that year with a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at 487km/h (303mph). Next, in 2010 the team returned to the salt flats with a fully electric battery powered vehicle, the VBBB-2.5 which set another world record at 495km/h (307mph).

Venturi’s partner in the project, the students at The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, have dismantled the 12 meter long electric streamliner to examine each and every mechanical and electrical component which includes nearly 3.5 miles of cables and 2,000 cells in eight battery packs. These are the first of many steps toward the vehicle’s return to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. “Along with our partners at CAR, we are aiming to exceed our own electric FIA Land Speed Record established in 2010 with the previous model – the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5. We want to show all the potential of this very unique prototype” said Venturi’s lead project engineer Delphine Biscaye.

This project provides a unique research and development challenge for Venturi Automobiles. The car is a fantastic test benchmark for high performance electric powertrain design, as well as extreme operation in harsh conditions. Each component of the vehicle was studied, designed, and built for a specific application that is widely different than conventional automotive use. The scope of work on the VBB-3 allows for innovation in the fields of electric propulsion and energy efficiency, which are two prominent challenges in the automotive industry and in racing. Venturi Automobiles is also a vehicle manufacturer in the FIA Formula-E championship and is running its own racing team - The Venturi Formula-e Team. The experience with the VBB-3 brings another unique dimension to the development of the Formula-e program.

For Venturi’s partner, the Ohio State University, and its 25 young student engineers, the project offers an opportunity to be exposed to the realities of advanced vehicle development in the fast paced world of racing. Their experience in the development and implementation of cutting edge automotive technology provides an experience like no other in the world. Recent graduate Evan Maley said: "Working on the VBB-3 project allowed me to have a lot of connections when it came time to interview for jobs. During those interviews the VBB-3 was the biggest thing I talked about. People were very interested in the activities I have been involved in and how I managed my time between academics and working on the VBB-3"

Venturi VBB-3 is Being Prepped for its Return to Bonneville Salt Flats
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The VBB-3 program has a passionate club of supporters who are focused on innovation and sustainable mobility and who generously make donations in support of the record attempt and logistics of sending a team of 25 engineers and students to the Salt Flats in 2016. This morning Christine Benard, CEO of G-G+, Kathia Bemon, CEO of Business Human Connect, and Michel Montfort, head of Hades Business Center were the three first to sign their Official Support Club member certificate. "It’s a unique adventure…" said Christine « …linked to innovation, sustainable development, and mobility, education values that I share and must be supported. »

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