The Venturi VBB certainly lives up to its moniker: “Never Satisfied.” Delivering 3,000 HP, this record-breaking car is challenging the way we think about electric vehicles.
Weighing in 3.2 metric tons, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet is 11 meters long, 60 centimeters high and a meter wide. With its torpedo-shaped body, it looks as light as a feather sitting on the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It is Speed Week 2010, an annual competition attracting hundreds of challengers from across the planet. In a few moments, watched by a skeptical crowd, the Venturi BB 2.5 will reach speeds of 495 km/h.
Record of ingenuity
The driving force behind this ambition is a carbon-fiber body and two electric engines powered by two packs of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. Seated in the central unit is Roger Schroer, the official driver of the Venturi BB Racing team founded by the French-Monegasque automaker Venturi and Ohio State University. The previous year, the speed driving professional had already broken his first Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) speed record of 487 km/h at the wheel of the Venturi BB 2 – a major achievement for this type of vehicle, on notoriously difficult terrain. Today, the stakes are even higher. However, Schroer manages it without a hitch, even taking the time to stop and take a break before his return leg, coming to a halt using multi-disc aircraft brakes and three parachutes.
Never Satisfied: a century of history
The 25 students from Ohio State University and the 30 members of the Venturi research unit in Monaco, who make up the VBB team, are not working flat-out to beat the 1,230 km/h world speed record held by Thrust SSC but to out-perform the Speed Demon, which holds the land speed record for a piston-engine car (706 km/h). A less glamorous challenge, but also more symbolic, since it pays homage to its nickname, which it inherited from a car driven by Camille Jenatzy, the first driver to travel over 100 km/h in an electric vehicle on 29 April 1899! The Venturi is never satisfied... with its own limits, which it constantly endeavors to overcome.
The VBB-3 was launched in 2012 with the aim of carrying the “Never Satisfied” to a new 700 km/h record - a challenge that could change the way we think about eco-friendly electric cars, and boost efforts to make them more widely available to the public.
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