The Venturi "Jamais Contente" Breaks Electric Car Speed Record
BONNEVILLE, UTAH - Last week on August 24, 2010, the Venturi "Jamais Contente" broke the world speed record for an electric drive vehicle with an officially recorded top speed of 515 km/h (320 mph) and with an average speed of over 495 km/h (308 mph) in both directions. The car's name "Jamais Contente" means "Never Satisfied" when translated to English and when it broke the speed record, it was being driven by American Roger Schroer. The speed record was broken with a partnership effort of Venturi and Ohio State University and a multitude of sponsors who provided technical support and hardware.
The President of the automobile manufacturer Venturi, Gildo Pallanca Pastor, had this to say about the world record, "This project is an important milestone in the history of automobiles. From the Camille Jenatzi "Jamais Contente" to the "Venturi Jamais Contente", it has taken taken 111 years to go from 100 to 500 km/h in an electric vehicle. It is thus with enormous satisfaction that Venturi has been able to demonstrate its technological progress in the field of electric propulsion by setting this historic record."
The Venturi "Jamais Contente" is powered by an 800 hp electric motor mated to a lithium ion battery pack module supplied by A123Systems.