Ohio State and Venturi shoot for the EV land-speed record in September

Top that, Wolverines! Ohio State University is once again teaming with Venturi in an effort to set land-speed records for electric vehicles, with the team's next escapade set for September. Meet the third Buckeye Bullet, also known as the Venturi VBB-3.

OSU, known among other things for a pretty hardcore rivalry against the University of Michigan, is getting driver Roger Schroer behind the wheel of the 3,000-horsepower Venturi Jamais Contente ("never satisfied" in French) for a run across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats that could hit 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour). That's pretty darn fast, but next year, the group is setting a goal of 700 kmh (435 mph).

Venturi has always kept things fun for the green-car set, showing off a door-less EV at the Paris Motor Show last September and unveiling an all-electric dune buggy at the 2010 Paris show. As for OSU, it teamed with Venturi back in 2009 to take what was known as the Buckeye Bullet to a top speed of about 301 miles per hour. How leisurely. Check out Venturi's press release below.
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As part of its «VENTURI GLOBAL CHALLENGES» initiative, VENTURI AUTOMOBILES is launching, in partnership with OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, a new electric vehicle world speed records program.

The Venturi VBB-3: the fastest and most powerful of all

With 3,000 HP, the 3rd generation «VENTURI JAMAIS CONTENTE» will be the most powerful electric car ever built. ROGER SCHROER, test driver at the Transportation Research Center (Ohio) and current holder of the FIA world record (which he achieved in 2010 aboard the VENTURI VBB-2.5 - reaching a top speed of 495 km/h (307.58 mph)), is planning to hit 600 km/h (372.82 mph) in 2013, followed by 700 km/h (434.96 mph) in 2014 before pushing the limits still further in 2015.

Bonneville Utah: World Speed Capital
The 1st public unveiling of the VBB-3 will take place on the Bonneville Salt Flats, where it will take part in the SPEEDWEEK on August 10 - 16, 2013. The FIA record attempts will take place on September 12 and 18, 2013.

Energy efficiency as a challenge
According to Gildo Pallanca Pastor, CEO, VENTURI AUTOMOBILES, «... by designing the most powerful electric vehicle in the world, we are consolidating our lead in the field of electric propulsion, but perhaps more importantly, we are innovating in order to optimize energy efficiency, one of the greatest challenges facing not only the automobile industry, but society in general».
An approach welcomed by Jean Todt FIA President came to support the teams of the President of Venturi and encourage the project.

Technical laboratory
Because the VBB-3 doubles as a fantastic test bed for electric power trains subjected to extreme conditions and environments, this new records program amounts to a truly strategic R&D initiative for VENTURI. As far as the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is concerned, this is also a «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 CAR.

Jamais Contente
In this, the centenary year of his death, this program pays homage to Camille Jenatzi who, on April 29, 1899, became the first person in history to break the 100 km/h (62 mph) barrier. Just like Jenatzi in his electric vehicle nicknamed the «Jamais Contente», VENTURI is setting new benchmarks that were formerly the preserve of piston, diesel and petrol engines.