Venturi established two new FIA world speed records for an electric vehicle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States. The team broke their own record that was set in 2010 with Roger Schroer behind the wheel of the VBB-3, a 3000 hp electric machine. An official speed of 549.43 kph was recorded and a top speed of 576 kph.
It was the fifth time in history that Venturi, in partnership with the Ohio State University, set records. First the electric powertrain manufacturer from Monaco clinched the FIA world speed record for a fuel cell car reaching 487 kph in 2009. One year later the team realised 495 kph with the electric VBB-2.5 and the past two years it set two new category records.
“Each time I enjoyed driving the car and achieving this performance. But at those speeds you have to focus on your task not on your emotions. 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,” said Schroer.
It took the team a long time to come this far as they encounter bad weather conditions in previous attempts. “It’s a relief because we were waiting for this result for three years,” said Venturi owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor. “Heavy rain and bad weather conditions on the Salt Flats prevented our success. VBB-3 is the most powerful electric car in the world (3000hp). We had to demonstrate that it was also the fastest. It’s done by breaking our own record achieved with the VBB-2.5 in 2010. It shows also that our partnership between students and a manufacturer can bring a lot in this new automotive industry in terms of research and development.”
Timing of the speed trials was done on a one mile course in both directions at one hour intervals.
Venturi also races in Formula E since the inception of the championship for electric vehicles. Season 3 starts 9 October in Hong Kong.