Top that, Wolverines! Ohio State University is once again teaming with Venturi in an effort to set land-speed records for electric vehicles, with the team’s next escapade set for September. Meet the third Buckeye Bullet, also known as the Venturi VBB-3.
OSU, known among other things for a pretty hardcore rivalry against the University of Michigan, is getting driver Roger Schroer behind the wheel of the 3,000-horsepower Venturi Jamais Contente (“never satisfied” in French) for a run across Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats that could hit 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour). That’s pretty darn fast, but next year, the group is setting a goal of 700 kmh (435 mph).
Venturi has always kept things fun for the green-car set, showing off a door-less EV at the Paris Motor Show last September and unveiling an all-electric dune buggy at the 2010 Paris show. As for OSU, itteamed with Venturi back in 2009 to take what was known as the Buckeye Bullet to a top speed of about 301 miles per hour. How leisurely.