FIA VISITS VENTURI AT THE O.S.U. CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH
Dennis Dean of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) visited the Venturi VBB-3 team and facilities in Columbus, Ohio, USA on Thursday February 25th. The FIA is the organization that oversees the Land Speed Commission under which the World Land Speed record attempts are organized.
Dean seized the opportunity to see the workshop where the world’s most powerful electric car (3000hp) has been designed and built. Engineers at Venturi along with the student team members at OSU CAR are testing their engines and batteries in the workshop in preparation for the next electric world speed record attempt (#EWSR). “I am really very impressed” Dean said to the team during his tour “I knew this was a very sophisticated team with a lot of knowledge, but I am really amazed by the range and depth of what you all have been able to achieve. The specialized testing fixtures, the enthusiasm and talent, it’s an incredible collaboration between an automotive company and this group of students.”
Dean, representing the FIA, used the occasion of his visit to present an award to Roger Schroer, the driver of the VBB-3, and the entire team in recognition of the FIA electric world land speed record achieved last August on the Bonneville Salt Flats (386.757km/h average, category VIII). “That kind of performance is wonderful and shows that this technology finally, after more than one hundred years, gets to a point where people have dreamt it could be. Electric cars can be used as day-to-day transportation without worry. We are realizing a global technology, and it speaks to the people. And as you can make these cars fun and interesting at the same time, people from the motorsports perspective look at them and enjoy them, it is a remarkable situation reversal.” said Dean.
The Venturi Buckeye Bullet team will be back in Utah this summer to try to beat their electric world land speed record, 495km/h (307mph, 2010). To be able to achieve this, a fundraising campaign has been set up for supporters. So far, it has attracted companies focused on innovation and sustainable development who have made generous contributions to support the team. The latest supporter is Albanu, a Monaco based business. The fund will pay for the extensive logistics (transportation, accommodations, food, etc.) during the three weeks spent attempting the record on the Bonneville Salt Flats.