Worlds Fastest Electric Car Shoots for 400MPH
enturi and Ohio State team up to go really fast on battery power.
In the latest chapter in the continuing advance of electric vehicle technology, Ars Technica reported last week on Monaco-based carmaker Venturi’s efforts to build the world’s fastest electric car.
The car, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, is a collaboration between Venturi’s team of Formula E electric racing engineers, and the Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR). A previous model set the current electric land speed record, 307 mph, in 2010, but the current model’s top speed is estimated at 372 mph. The project’s goal is to eventually build an electric vehicle that can hit 400 mph.
But high-speed electrics do have some of their own advantages. Like any electric car, the VBB-3 generates much less heat than an equivalently powerful gas-burning engine, so it doesn’t need cooling vents or intakes, which add drag to gas-burning cars. Though that doesn’t mean the VBB-3 is cool, exactly—its internal systems include lots of oil circulation and a box stuffed full of ice before each run.
Last year, the Venturi team couldn’t test the VBB3, due to degradation of the Bonneville Salt Flats—a phenomenon that may be caused by mining or climate change. They’re hoping better conditions this summer let them continue their quest for speed.