Monaco-based Venturi and OSU's Center for Automotive Research took their 3,000-horsepower beast out to Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. And while flooding, weather, and other issues have derailed some of the team's previous efforts to reach record speed, the Salt Flats cooperated this year, allowing the Venturi VBB-3 and its driver Roger Schroer to shine. The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) certification of the world record for EV speed is still pending, but Venturi's press release isn't holding back.
Venturi and OSU have worked their way up from the 303-mile-per-hour top speed that the VBB-3 hit in 2009, and have said the vehicle could hit 400 mph in the right conditions, so expect future records to fall. These efforts aren't without their risks, however. Last year, the team also reached record speed, but had to cut their track to 10 miles from 12 because of challenging conditions. As it was, the car's electric system needed repairing, as did a hole in the cooling tank after the vehicle was jostled around on the Salt Flats' bumpy surface. Previous years' efforts were scrapped altogether because of rain and other weather issues, so this year's conditions were a welcome change.