When you're royalty, you can associate yourself with things as cool as the world's most powerful electric car, and that's just what Prince Albert of Monaco is doing. The Prince, along with Princess Charlene, made the trek out to the Beehive State to make a photo appearance with the Venturi VBB-3 at Wendower airfield. He was probably hoping to get a quick drive of the 3,000-horsepower rocket on wheels, but that was not meant to be.

Venturi Automobiles and Ohio State University (the "BB" in VBB stands for Buckeye Bullet) have been collaborating on the high-speed EV project since 2009, and had brought the car to Utah to do some FIA-sanctioned high-speed runs at the nearby Bonneville Salt Flats. They claim the VBB-3 is "most powerful, fully electric car ever built," but all that power can't make a safe speed run when the ground is wet. Unfriendly weather conditions didn't stop the team from hosting the Prince at the car's world premiere, though. The sleek needle is nicknamed Jamais Contente, French for either "never satisfied" or "completely nuts," and it harkens back to a speed demon of yesteryear.

Until halted by the rain, Venturi and OSU had been hoping to break the 600-kilometer per hour (373-miles per hour) barrier with the battery-powered electric vehicle, well above their own 2010 record of 291 mph. Their visions of hitting 373 mph will have to wait until next year, though, as will the ultimate target of getting above 400 mph. The team broke the 300-mph barrier back in 2009 when the car was powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Check out the videos and press release below.










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Prince Albert of Monaco unveils for the first time the Venturi VBB-3, the world's most powerful electric car

WENDOVER, Utah, 25th September, 2013, PRNewswire/ - The Venturi team Wenesday 18th received the visit of HHSSHH, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene on the runway of the Wendover airfield (Utah, USA), where the team has been operating for the past eight days.

For its world première, the Sovereign of Monaco came to unveil the Venturi VBB-3, a brand new Venturi electric car with more than 3000 CV.

After two years of development, the land speed record vehicle was supposed to run on the salt flats of Bonneville over the past few days, but due to poor weather conditions the FIA had to cancel these attempts.

Prince Albert, therefore, offered his support to the entrepreneur from Monaco, Gildo Pallanca Pastor, president of Venturi Automobiles. The company is a leader in the field of high performance electric vehicles and holds since 2010, the FIA world land speed record for an electric vehicle at 495 km/h.

At this occasion, the designs and the technological innovations at the heart of the project were explained at length to the Prince and the Princess.

Real laboratory for technology, the Venturi VBB-3 is the result of an extensive collaboration started in 2009 between Venturi Automobiles and Ohio State University. This third generation of Venturi "Jamais Contente" is the most powerful, fully electric car ever built, and is striving to exceed 600 km/h by 2014.

Gildo Pallanca Pastor: "I am proud of sharing with the Prince Sovereign and the Princess the launch of this new sportive, technological and environmental challenge. It is truly thrilling to work on such a project to help tomorrow's mobility to progress."

VENTURI AUTOMOBILES

Since 2000, VENTURI has been pursuing a sustained electric vehicle innovation policy. It is a pioneer in electric sports cars and harnesses the most advanced technology available that is just as relevant to urban vehicles as it is to very high performance cars.

www.venturi.fr

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH

The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (OSU CAR) is the preeminent research center in sustainable and safe mobility in the United States and an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering. OSU CAR research focuses on: advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and alternative fuels for reduced fuel consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems; autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle chassis systems; and vehicle and occupant safety. OSU CAR also provides facilities and support for five automotive undergraduate student project teams and focuses its mission on worldwide dissemination of technical knowledge for and with clients and partners.


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      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      They already reveled the VBB-3 in April, so why are they drumming up a bunchy of hubbub without any new information? I guess they felt the cancelling of the FIA top speed runs left its debut a little anti-climatic...
      sigma pi
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like they are about to arm wrestle.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      hey it's Prince Albert in a Can.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Bucks!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just awesome... where does batteries and motors come from ?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Incredible car/rocket !
      Aussie Aspie
      • 1 Year Ago
      A very wise move for the Prince not to drive this vehicle, given what happened to his former brother-in-law -- reigning World Offshore Speedboat Champion, Stefano Casiraghi -- back in 1990. Add the driving of the Prince's mother to this -- or his sister, if you believe the conspiracy theories -- and this is a family who should really have the driving done for them!
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome, just awesome !
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was delivering pizzas in this car the other day. Boy is it hard to parallel park.
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      this dick has absolutely no credibility...the moron got married in a lexus for God's sake. As an European I can tell you , he is the laughing stock of the continent, he's your George Bush
        Technoir
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Albert is definitely not a laughing stock, he is very much appreciated by the people of Monaco and other European nations.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        @mikoprivat : I wish my president was as committed as Prince Albert ! His principalty - even being tiny - has the highest percentage on earth of electric cars registrations !
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        @ mikoprivat I think you are confused, living ''Green" is about the environment, not posting spiteful envious comment's. Prince Albert chose a fleet of Lexus hybrids, including a one-off landaulet limousine built by Belgian coachbuilder Carat Duchatelet. The limousine's full hybrid powert-rain allows zero-emissions travel throughout the tiny principality. Landaulet includes a one-piece transparent bullet proof roof for security purposes. The unique body bodyshell includes extensive use of Kevlar and carbon fibre composite materials. The vehicle, including the accompanying fleet of 9 Lexus LS 600 h vehicles was entirely financed from the sale of 11 redundant vehicle's from the Grimaldi private auto collection. Prince Louis II, began the Grimaldi families connection with automobiles by initiating the 1929 Monaco Grand Prix, as a method of attracting tourist to the otherwise impoverished Principality. Far from being a 'laughingstock' , Prince Albert is highly respected, and very popular. Apart from being an academically gifted scholar, Olympic athlete and official, the Prince is also a long term environmental advocate, even traveling to the North Pole on a scientific expedition.
      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it crashes, with the prince in it, then it would be Prince Albert in a can.
      Khanaar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worlds most powerful EV it is not. but most powerful electric CAR, yes. Electric trains are more powerful! (not diesel electric, but ones that run with a pantograph conected to a line) still technically an electric VEHICLE :P
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Khanaar
        Technically they're diesel electric.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Khanaar
        @ Khanaar To be even more pedantic, the world most power electric vehicle is an elevator !
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