The Venturi Buckeye Bullet-3 has gained the honor of being the world’s fastest electric vehicle, averaging a maximum speed of 341.4 mph (549.43 km/h) throughout its recorded runs.
This is actually the third generation VBB, which was completed back in 2013 with the desire to break the world record that September – but bad weather in Utah actually canceled their plans not only that year, but also in 2014 and 2015. Last week the Bonneville Salt Flats decided to open up for the speed “freaks” so the Venturi VBB-3 went for an verage speed of 341.4 mph (549.43 km/h) during the coupled 11-mile runs in both directions held at one-hour intervals – in order to comply with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile rules. During one of the runs, the top speed was actually an even more impressive 358 mph (576 km/h) – nailing yet another FIA record.
Roger Schroer was tasked to handle the 3,000-horsepower EV machine developed by Venturi in collaboration with engineering students from Ohio State University. It has two Venturi-developed electric motors powered by 2MW batteries from A123 Systems – the latter alone weigh an incredible 1.6 tons (3,200 pounds), while the vehicle itself tips the scales at around 3.5 tons (7,000 lbs). The team even contends the vehicle could go on towards the impressive 400 mile mark – with some modifications, including raising the shifting point to 10,200 rpm or having a smoother run surface (the conditions weren’t perfect).