Venturi and Ohio State University announced partnership to create the Venturi VBB-3 which will attempt to set a new world speed record for electric vehicles in August.
With up to 3,000HP (2200kW) and 2800Nm generated by its twin electric motors, the Venturi VBB-3 will also become the most powerful EV in the world when it debuts later this year.
Energy is generated by 2000 lithium iron phosphate battery cells, with power channeled to all four wheels. The Venturi VBB-3 weighs 3.2 tons, while its drag co-efficient is a super-slippery 0.13.
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 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.
“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,” said Gildo Pallanca Pastor, CEO, VENTURI AUTOMOBILES.
The record attempt and spotlight on the fast machine are part of the Venturi Global Challenges. These are series of technical and human feats designed to show progress in electric propulsion.
The Venturi VBB-3 is also known as the Venturi Jamai Contente. This is the 100-year anniversary of the death the Belgian driver who on April 29, 1899 broke the 62 mph (100 km/h) electric speed barrier.[source: AutoBlog Green][wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]