22 Sep 16

Venturi sets new electric land speed record

Venturi has set a new electric land speed record, recording a sensational 341.1mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats with its 3000bhp VBB-3.

With Roger Schroer at the wheel, Venturi smashed its previous record of 307mph, although confirmation of the feat is still pending from the FIA. Schroer hit a new maximum high of 358mph, but the record is established over an average of two runs in opposite directions over a one-hour interval.

After twice being thwarted by bad weather, Venturi owner Gildo Pastor Bellanca was delighted to have established a new mark.

“It's a relief because we were waiting for this result for 3 years,” he said. “Heavy rain and bad weather conditions on the Salt Flats prevented our success. VBB-3 is the most powerful electric car in the world (3000hp). We had to demonstrate that it was also the fastest. It’s done by breaking our own record achieved with the VBB-2.5 in 2010. It shows also that our partnership between students and a manufacturer can bring a lot in this new automotive industry in terms of research and development.”