1 January 1984
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, 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.
25 September 2004
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.
30 September 2006
Presentation of the Astrolab, the world’s first solar-electric hybrid car, at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.
30 September 2006
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.
4 October 2008
Presentation of the Volage concept car benefiting from Michelin technologies (“Michelin Active Wheel”: 4 wheel drive incorporating two electric motors in each).
15 July 2009
Creation of the “Global Challenges”. The goal of these different 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.
September, 2009 – Global Challenge, world speed record set by the Venturi Jamais Contente on the salt-flats of Bonneville (Utah/USA) : 487 km/hr.
27 November 2011
Participation in the Auto bleue – Nice Côte d’Azur program, the first collectivity in France to put 100% electric car sharing into service.
With MVE, Venturi produces 1,000th electric Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. It was the first electric car mass production in the 2000’s in Europe.
Venturi opens the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Volage.
LAUNCH OF THE ANTARCTICA PROGRAM
1 December 2011
Development of the Antarctica program, 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.
1 June 2012
Global Challenge, Mission Africa Nairobi/Johannesburg, world première in Africa for a standard electric vehicle, covering 5,800 km. 1,000 Citroën Berlingo or Peugeot Partner vehicles delivered.
VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM
4 December 2013
Announcement of the 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.
23 February 2015
VENTURI became an official manufacturer in the ABB Formula E Championship.
VBB-3: NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD
21 September 2016
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).