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PHOTO CAPTION: 2015 Venturi VBB3 speed record team

Venturi VBB-3 Settles for New Mile Speed Record

For the third year in a row, Venturi has been prevented from attempting to break the 500 km/h speed record for electric vehicles, but it does head home with a new one-mile record.

Published: 29-Aug-2015

In 2010, Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles partnered with Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research to set a new electric car speed record of at 307mph (495kph) in the Venturi VBB-2.5 streamliner.

For three years running now the team have returned to Bonneville Salt Flats with their more powerful, 3000 hp, all electric VBB-3 in a quest to beat their own record. Three years running, the weather and track conditions have prevented them, and others, from safely racing across the flats. Conditions have even forced a cancellation of the annual Speed Week this year.

Instead, the team had to settle for a category record this year, setting a one-mile average speed of 240.320 mph (386.757 kph), a number that is subject to FIA homologation.

Commenting on track conditions, VBB-3 driver Roger Schroer, explained, "In eleven years here I have never driven on such a difficult track. The car was sliding on the surface from one side to the other due to soft spots and bumps."

Venturi Automobile founder and owner Gildo Pastor noted, "Despite a rough track and an extremely shortened schedule, we have set a new record in our category. Our potential is still to be shown, but we have to be satisfied with what we have in the conditions we had to work with. And in this conditions we need to be very cautious with the safety of Roger."

Salt-covered VBB-3 electric streamliner on Bonneville salt flats.

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