All-Electric VBB-3 Aiming For 435-plus MPH Speed Record

Using a 3,000-horsepower electric streamliner, Venturi and the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) intend to smash the world land speed record for electric cars.

The car – built by students at Ohio State and the latest rendition of their Buckeye Bullet – is named the VBB-3 and said to be the most powerful EV ever.

Plans for it this fall are first to be shown off at Speedweek, Aug. 10-16 at Bonneville. Then following the public show-and-tell event, it will attempt to top the existing 307.58 mph (495 kph) record set by its predecessor, the VBB-2.5.

The driver will be the existing record holder, Roger Shroder, and the tentative agenda is to hit 373 mph (600 kph) during FIA timed runs Sept 12 and 18. After this, the group hopes to see 435 mph (700 kph) by 2014, and some unspecified speed faster than this by 2015.

More than a novelty show, the attempt to break the FIA world record is also said to be an extreme research and development test bed for electric propulsion technologies.

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Challenges include learning ways to optimize efficiency which the forward-thinking group says is “one of the greatest challenges facing not only the automobile industry, but society in general.”

The record attempt and spotlight on the fast machine are part of the Venturi Global Challenges. These are series of technical and human feats designed to show progress in electric propulsion.

Other challenges Venturi is endeavoring to conquer are a 100-percent electric drive from Shanghai to Paris and an arduous demonstration drive in Antarctica.

The VBB-3 streamliner is also known as the Venturi Jamai Contente. This is the 100-year anniversary of the death of this EV speed record pioneer who on April 29, 1899 broke the 62 mph (100 kph) electric speed barrier.

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