PHOTO CAPTION: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with Venturi Automobiles president Gildo Pastor at unveiling of Venturi VBB-3 electric vehicle.

World's Most Powerful Electric Vehicle Must Wait Until 2014 to Break Its Own Record

The 2,200kW Venturi VBB-3 had planned to break its own record at Bonneville, but torrential rains forced event organizers to cancel the event.

Published: 23-Sep-2013

The presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife, Princess Charlene, wasn't enough to dissuade Mother Nature from turning the great salt flats around Wendover, Utah into a lake that made speed record attempts impossible, unless you were a powerboat.

The sovereign head of the Principality of Monaco was on hand for the official unveiling of the re-powered Venturi VBB-3, the all-electric streamliner that set the current FIA-sanctioned land speed record at 495 km/h (307 mph) in 2010. This third generation vehicle, powered by a 2,200kW (2,950 hp) electric drive system and 3,000V battery pack, was built as a continuation of collaboration between Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles and Ohio State University with the objective of going faster than 600 km/h (372 mph).

Venturi, along with Drayson Racing, will have to wait until 2014 to get another chance to set new records.

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