Venturi Automobiles set a land-speed record for battery-electric vehicles this summer at the the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a record that was certified at the Paris Motor Show this week.
On Aug. 22, Roger Schroer recorded an average two-way speed of 212.615 mph over a flying mile while driving Venturi's Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) vehicle. The record was set in the FIA's Category A, Group Viii, Class 8 for electric vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tons. Records are governed by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile.
The Venturi team and its partner, the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University had travelled to Bonneville in pursuit of the highest FIA world land speed record for an electric vehicle of 307.58 mph, set by its own VBB-2.5 in 2010, but their efforts were hampered by violent storms that hit the region in the weeks leading up to the attempt.