As part of its "Venturi Global Challenges" initiative, Venturi Automobiles is launching, in partnership with the Ohio State University, a new electric vehicle world speed record program.
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 kph, is planning to hit 600 kph in 2013, followed by 700 kph in 2014 before pushing the limits still further in 2015.
The 1st public unveiling of the VBB-3 will take place on the Bonneville Salt Flats, where it will take part in the Speed Week on August 10 - 16, 2013. The FIA record attempts will take place on September 12 and 18, 2013.
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.
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 (C.A.R.) 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 C.A.R.
In this, the centenary year of his death, this program pays homage to Camille Jenatzy who, on April 29, 1899, became the first person in history to break the 100 kph barrier. Just like Jenatzy in his electric vehicle nicknamed the «Jamais Contente», Venturi is setting new benchmarks that were formerly the preserve of piston, diesel and petrol engines.