The world’s most powerful electric vehicle – 3000hp – will be making a rare appearance at the eVillage for the Formula E Miami ePrix on March 14.
The 12-metre long ‘rocket’ belongs to the award-winning program Venturi VBB, achieved by Venturi Automobiles, the Monaco-based manufacturer behind the Venturi Formula E Team and its partner Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research.
On display to all ticketholders in Formula E’s fan zone, the Venturi VBB-3 aims to break the 600kmh (372mph) barrier by 2015.
Venturi Automobiles and the OSU-CAR achieved 487kmh (303mph) in 2009, a first FIA world speed record with a fuel cell car (VBB-2) and in 2010 a FIA world speed record with a fully-electric car (VBB-2.5), 495kmh (307mph). Roger Schroer, the world’s fastest electric driver, behind the wheel since 2009, will also be in Miami.
In a related news, American driver Scott Speed has been confirmed to race alongside Jean-Eric Vergne for Andretti Formula E at the Miami ePrix.
The 32-year-old, who has already been behind the wheel of a Formula E car during pre-season testing at Donington Park last year, has been drafted in to replace Marco Andretti.
“It’s been so long since I raced an open-wheel car, I feel like I am getting ready for the first day of school,” Speed said. “So much excitement! Having this opportunity with Andretti is amazing. It’s super cool to be able to race so many different types of cars within the team. I am anxious to get to Miami, and I am up for the challenge.”
Appropriately named, Scott Speed has competed in several of the globe’s major motorsport categories and currently stands as the last American to race in Formula 1.