Venturi VBB3 “Bullet car” hits 341mph and smashes electric land speed record
Venturi has finally smashed the electric land speed record, and the company still thinks it can go faster. Last week, the Venturi VBB-3 achieved a speed of 341.1mph, breaking its old record of 307mph by over 30mph. The record comes after three years of delays, with bad weather at the Bonneville Salt Flats forcing the Venturi team to put their record attempts off.
Piloted by Roger Schroer, Venturi’s 3000hp electric car is called the VBB-3, and is currently the most powerful EV in the world. Thanks to its carbon fibre, streamlined body and huge power, the VBB-3 actually achieved a top speed of 358mph, but the record is calculated by averaging two runs in opposite directions over a one-hour interval.
“I each time enjoyed driving the car and achieving this performance. But at those speeds you have to focus on your task not on your emotions,” said Schroer. “I know we can go further. This week the track was good. No main vehicle instability. Much better than the last days during tuning and testing. We always have to be patient and wait for the track to be ready.”
If you’ve heard of Venturi before, that’s because it also competes in the Formula E championship – with a significantly less powerful EV, of course. However, the VBB-3 project (short for Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3) is actually a joint partnership between the Formula E team and the Ohio State University.
If you’re interested in the non-EV land speed record, you’ll probably want to know about the UK’s Bloodhound SSC project.