OSU and Venturi Aim for World Speed Record in September

Venturi Automobiles and Ohio State University, as part of Venturi’s Global Challenges initiative, are launching a EV world speed record program. The 3000 HP, third-gen Venturi Jamais Contente (VBB-3) will be the most powerful electric car ever built. Current FIA world record holder Roger Schroer is planning to hit 600 km/h (372.82 mph) in 2013, followed by 700 km/h (434.96 mph) in 2014.

The 1st public unveiling of the VBB-3 will take place on the Bonneville Salt Flats, as a part of 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,” states Venturi CEO Gildo Pallanca Pastor.

The VBB-3 also doubles as a stress test for electric power trains, making the records program amounts a strategic R&D initiative. The program is mutually beneficial to OSU. “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 OSU’s Center for Automotive Research.

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