FOUNDATION

1 January 1984

FOUNDATION

Claude Poiraud (engineer) and Gérard Godfroy (designer) presented the first VENTURI at the 1984 Paris Motor Show.

It was a 2-seater prototype weighing 850 kg, fitted with a 2-litre VW Golf GTI engine. It was the brand’s first vehicle which was to produce almost a dozen Grand Tourisme references and close on 700 cars in about twenty years. VENTURI was competing with major German and Italian sports cars. Acknowledged for its cars’ exemplary road holding, the French manufacturer, equally renowned for the high performance of its vehicles, also left its mark on the automobile industry by fitting a road vehicle (400 GT) with standard carbon brakes.

GILDO PALLANCA PASTOR ACQUIRED THE FIRM

11 July 2000

GILDO PALLANCA PASTOR ACQUIRED THE FIRM

Gildo Pallanca Pastor acquired the firm, which was facing real difficulties.
In a very masculine industry and a market characterized by power and esthetics but reluctant to pursue any development, especially of a radical kind, the visionary Gildo Pallanca Pastor took up the bold and decisive challenge of renewable energies and, in particular, electric power. Well aware of the problems arising from the cost of use, public health, environmental issues, he re-oriented the design of the brand’s vehicles through sheer conviction.

Henceforth, technological innovation in a sector just taking off, efficient performances, the unexpected and appealing design of Sacha Lakic, and the ability to impose electric power under all conditions set the way for the brand’s rebirth.

FÉTISH

25 September 2004

FÉTISH

Launch of the world’s first sports car powered solely by electricity. Fétish became the brand’s icon and a kind of showcase, VENTURI’s first act of demonstration: electric power as a technology which can be applied to all types of vehicles offering high-level performances.

ASTROLAB

30 September 2006

ASTROLAB

Presentation of the Astrolab, the world’s first solar-electric hybrid car, at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.

ECLECTIC

30 September 2006

ECLECTIC

Presentation of the Eclectic, the world’s first autonomous electric vehicle, at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. In 2007, it was awarded “Best Innovation of the Year” after the iPhone by Time Magazine.

VOLAGE

4 October 2008

VOLAGE

Presentation of the Volage concept car benefiting from Michelin technologies (“Michelin Active Wheel”: 4 wheel drive incorporating two electric motors in each).

CREATION OF THE VENTURI GLOBAL CHALLENGES

25 September 2009

CREATION OF THE VENTURI GLOBAL CHALLENGES

The goal of the VENTURI Global Challenges is to demonstrate the capacity of electric power to stand up to all kinds of circumstances, even under conditions which it is not supposed to handle.

The VBB (VENTURI Buckeye Bullet, also called the VENTURI “Jamais Contente” program, referring to the first electric vehicle to top 100 km/h) is the first opus in the VENTURI Global Challenges. On 25 September 2009, the VBB-2, developed in partnership with the Ohio State University, set international land speed record at 487 km/h (303 mph) on the salt-flats of Bonneville (Utah, USA).

ACQUISITION OF VOXAN MOTORS

2 June 2010

ACQUISITION OF VOXAN MOTORS

Acquisition of the French motorbike manufacturer VOXAN, complemented VENTURI’s strategy in the field of electric mobility.

“SHANGHAI TO PARIS” MISSION

13 July 2010

“SHANGHAI TO PARIS” MISSION

The VENTURI Global Challenges Mission 02 “Shanghai to Paris” is the first unassisted distance record with an electric vehicle. It covered approximately 8,300 miles (14,000 km) through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and finally France.

VBB-2.5: NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD

24 August 2010

VBB-2.5: NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD

The VENTURI Buckeye Bullet 2.5 beat VBB-2’s previous record, with an average speed of 495 km/h (307.7 mph) on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.

AMERICA

2 October 2010

AMERICA

Presentation of the VENTURI America, a high-voltage electric buggy, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

UTILITY CARS

10 June 2011

UTILITY CARS

Participation in the international tender launched by the French postal service for the supply of 250 utilitarian electric mail delivery vehicles. Between 2010 and 2011, Venturi produced 1,000 more electric Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. It was the first electric car mass production in the 2000’s in Europe.

With its Citroën Berlingo, VENTURI participated in the Autobleue program in Nice, the first collectivity in France to put 100% electric car sharing into service.

LAUNCH OF THE ANTARCTICA PROGRAM

1 December 2011

LAUNCH OF THE ANTARCTICA PROGRAM

Development of the Antarctica (VENTURI Global Challenges Mission 03), first EV designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the Antarctic and give scientists access to research zones that are off limits to combustion vehicles.

MISSION AFRICA

18 June 2012

MISSION AFRICA

VENTURI Global Challenge 04Mission Africa is the first unassisted crossing of the southern part of Africa with an electric vehicle, covering 5,800 km.

VOXAN WATTMAN

2 December 2013

VOXAN WATTMAN

Presentation of the first ever electric motorcycle “made in Monaco” at the 2013 Paris Motor Show.

VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM

13 December 2013

VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM

Creation of the VENTURI Formula E Team, which has been a constant participant in the FIA Formula E world championship since the first season in 2014.

In 2015, VENTURI became a Formula E FIA-approved manufacturer.

VBB-3: NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD

19 September 2016

VBB-3: NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD

VENTURI and its partner the Center For Automotive Research (Ohio State University) pushed new electric limits, with the best speed ever set with an electric vehicle: 549 km/h (341 mph).

VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM FIRST RACE WIN

10 March 2019

VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM FIRST RACE WIN

VENTURI Formula E Team celebrated their first race win as Edoardo MORTARA took first place at the fifth round of the 2018/19 Formula E Season in Hong Kong.

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