The “Venturi Global Challenges" consist of a series of technological, but also human, challenges through which Venturi intends to demonstrate its progress in the field of electric propulsion. Taking the form of a specific mission, each challenge is held on a different continent and enables the company to set new records while demonstrating the reliability, energy efficiency and robustness of Venturi electric vehicles under extreme conditions. To date, three missions have been, or are in the process of being, accomplished.
Mission 1 : Program of world speed records
Conducted in partnership with Ohio State University (OSU), the first leg of this program took place in September 2009 on the Salt Flats of Bonneville (Utah). With an electric driving chain powered by a fuel cell, the Venturi “Jamais Contente" attained the record speed of 487km/hr (World Speed Record ratified by the FIA).
Representing further development of the record-breaking vehicle of 2009, the Venturi “Jamais Contente” arrived in Bonneville in August 2010, fitted with batteries instead of fuel cells.
Once again, Venturi smashed a world speed record for an electric vehicle, attaining an average 495 km/hr over 1 km in both directions (World Speed Record ratified by the FIA), officially registering a top speed of 515 km/hr.
Venturi thus became the manufacturer of the fastest electric vehicles in the world.
Mission 2 : “Shanghai to Paris – 100% Electric”
After leaving the World Exhibition in Shanghai on May 3rd, the two adventurers Géraldine Gabin and Xavier Chevrin arrived in Paris on July 13th at the wheel of their Citroën Berlingo “Powered by Venturi”. They had spent two-and-a-half months on roads and tracks crossing China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and finally France.
This road trip enabled Venturi to carry out an extraordinary accelerated endurance test. Accomplished without any assistance, it set a distance and endurance record for a standard electric vehicle. Thanks to the mission’s success, Venturi was able to demonstrate the robustness of its vehicles.
Mission 3 : Antarctica
The third mission aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using zero-emission vehicles within the extreme conditions of the Antarctic.
Entrusted to Venturi Automobiles and backed by the Prince Albert II Foundation, this high-technology project is an initiative of prime importance which could, in the future, allow all the stations based in the Antarctic to adopt a clean and economical method of transport, combating the impact on the environment and the cost of the fuel currently used.
The Venturi Antarctica is the very first electric vehicle designed to operate under the extreme conditions of the Antarctic. It is recharged solely by renewable energies such as the sun and wind.