Ohio State University, Venturi Collaborate to Smash Electric Car Speed Record
Way back in 2010, French firm Venturi (mostly known for its oddball electric cars) and Ohio State University teamed up to create a vehicle that would break the record for fastest land speed for an electric vehicle, which at the time had stood at 245.5 mph. They destroyed the standing record with a speed of 307.7 mph.
However, now both Venturi and OSU had a taste for electric speed, and six years later have crushed their own record, racing a car called the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (or VBB-3 for short) back and for the across Utah’s Bonneville salt flats and reaching a record 341.4 mph. To be considered a record, the speed had to be made on back-to-back runs within the space of an hour.
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As it had back in 2010, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de L’Automobile), oversaw the record runs, and certification is pending. Also as back in 2010, the joint-effort vehicle was piloted (it can hardly be called driven at over 300 mph) by Ohio test driver Roger Schroer, who seemed optimistic that these wouldn’t be his only record runs with Venturi and OSU.
“I each time enjoyed driving the car and achieving this performance,” Schroer said. “I know we can go further.”
The VBB-3 itself is a long, slender torpedo of a vehicle, made of a carbon fiber and aluminum tub wrapped in a carbon fiber body with a pair of high-powered electric motors (one on each axle) that combined produce 3,000 hp. Those motors are powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries in front of and behind the cockpit, weighing a whole 1.6 tons by themselves, with the VBB-3 weighing a grand total of 3.5 tons.
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