Venturi VBB-3 – the world’s most powerful electric car, aiming to exceed 600 km/h
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Venturi VBB-3 – the world’s most powerful electric car, aiming to exceed 600 km/h

The Venturi VBB program is a partnership with the Ohio State University, which has so far set two international land speed records for an electric vehicle: 303 mph (487 km/h) in 2009 and 307 mph (495 km/h) in 2010

The “Venturi Buckeye Bullet Racing” is back this on the Bonneville Salt Flats to try to beat its own world land speed record with a new streamliner, aiming for more than 600 km/h.

“Because the VBB-3 is a fantastic test bed for electric powertrains subjected to extreme conditions and environments, this new records program represents a truly strategic R&D initiative for Venturi.

The Venturi VBBs belong to a long tradition of record-breaking electric vehicles. Also known as the Venturi Jamais Contente, it pays homage to Camille Jenatzy’s electric car, the first to have broken the legendary 100 km/h barrier.”

With attempts delayed due to conditions, the team had time for a visit from their patron Prince Albert of Monaco, who unveiled the latest streamliner: the Venturi VBB-3, the world´s most powerful electric car.

After two years of development, the land speed record vehicle was supposed to run on the salt flats of Bonneville over the past few days, but due to poor weather conditions the FIA (more…)

Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid, achieves Audi’s 100th sportscar race victory
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Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid, achieves Audi’s 100th sportscar race victory

Britain’s Le Mans victor wins on Circuit Of The Americas debut to help Audi achieve its 100th sportscar race victory

Allan McNish heads for the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Japan next month having crucially extended his points lead yesterday (SUN).

Dumfries-born McNish plus co-drivers Tom Kristensen (Den) and Loïc Duval (F) brought their hybrid-diesel Audi R18 e-tron quattro home 23.617secs ahead of their nearest challengers in a Six Hour race at the Circuit Of The Americas in Texas.

McNish, Kristensen and Duval now enjoy a 33-point lead with three races remaining.

“It’s a fantastic victory for our car,” confirmed McNish. “Our Audi was great from the start of the race and we had the pace and consistency throughout but Toyota took the fight to us.”

Competing for the very first time at the impressive COTA facility which only opened last year, the McNish/Kristensen/Duval Audi started from pole-position on the 28-car grid in hot and humid conditions and traded the lead with the singleton Toyota from start to finish.

Their Audi consistently lapped faster around the 3,427-mile COTA facility in Austin but experienced longer pit-stops compared to the opposition.

“We changed our car’s tyres at all but our final ‘splash and dash’ (more…)

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept – is a hot hatch hybrid the way forward?
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Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept – is a hot hatch hybrid the way forward?

Story via Worldcarfans.com: Toyota has disclosed full details for its IAA-bound Yaris Hybrid-R concept scheduled to get its public outing at the 2013 Frankfurt car show.

Looks pretty cool to me, and hot hatch hybrids might prove to be a clever approach to the market, and a welcome change to the “sensible/low running cost/environmental” approach.

VW had huge success in the 70s and 80s selling masses of their sensible family hatchback (the Golf) on the back of the less-than-sensible hot hatch GTI version. The hot hatch success provided the foundations to make VW the giant they are today, and was widely copied by other manufacturers.

The Type-R brand has been successful for Honda in recent years and they have helped to re-invigorate the hot-hatch market – perhaps Toyota are planning the same thing?

Outside of the US and Japan Toyota are not a manufacturer that the public would immediately think “motorsport” or “high performance cars” or “hot hatches” – at least not in recent years: They have had few serious attempts with hot hatches lately and have produced very few production performance cars of any note since the mighty Supra. That said; they do race cars, they have a rich racing history and they (more…)