With 3,000 HP, the 3rd generation of “Venturi Jamais Contente” is the most powerful electric car ever built. Roger Schroer, test driver at the Transportation Research Center (Ohio) and current holder of the FIA world speed record (which he achieved in 2010 aboard the Venturi VBB-2.5 – reaching 495 km/h (308 mph) with a top speed at 515 km/h (320 mph), is targeting 600 km/h (373 mph) next August.
Bonneville Utah – World speed capital
The 1st public unveiling of the VBB-3 this year will take place on the Bonneville Salt Flats during Speed Week from August 8 – 14, 2015. The FIA record attempts will take place from August 17 – 21, 2015.
Energy efficiency as a challenge
By designing the most powerful electric vehicle in the world, Venturi Automobiles optimizes energy efficiency, one of the century greatest challenge facing not only the automobile industry, but society at large. This approach is also what led Venturi Automobiles to the FIA Formula E championship to support a team, Venturi Formula E Team and, to be a manufacturer for season 2 (2015/2016) and onward. “In both cases we have to work on our technological innovation’s application to energy management and efficiency, both of which are the key influencers of performance and range. The Venturi VBB-3 has been ready for two years and now has the chance to demonstrate its incredible potential” (Nicolas Mauduit, CTO).
A long wait
The Venturi VBB-3 is ready since 2013, but two summers in a row (2013 and 2014) heavy rains and incessant storms flooded the Salt Flats. This unprecedented double meteorological event made the track unusable and the VBB was unable to try to beat its own record.
The VBB-3 is a strategic R&D initiative for Venturi, largely in part that its electric powertrain is forced through extreme conditions with each record breaking attempt.
“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 the C.A.R.
This program pays homage to Camille Jenatzy who, on April 29, 1899, became the first person in history to break the 100 km/h (62 mph) barrier. Just like Jenatzy, in his electric vehicle nicknamed the ”Jamais Contente” (Never Satisfied), Venturi is breaking benchmarks previously held by piston, diesel and petrol engines.
Recommend read: Exclusive interview with Roger Schroer.
Photos by Formula E and Venturi Automobiles