Venturi Automobiles, the Monegasque electric vehicle manufacturer, is the first team to announce its intent to participate in Extreme E, the electric SUV off-road racing series.
Venturi, a race-winning ABB FIA Formula E Championship team, is already renowned for innovation and adventure via its Venturi Global Challenges, record-seeking automotive expeditions designed to show electric power can perform in any circumstance.
Venturi designed the first electric vehicle for operation in the extreme conditions of the Antarctic, and has previously achieved a 14,900km unassisted distance record for an electric vehicle, traveling from Shanghai to Paris and on to Monaco.
It has also recorded world land speed records for electric vehicles on multiple occasions, most recently 342 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats with its VBB-3.
“I’m a true adventure seeker and as a consequence I’ve always had a passion for experiencing some of the most remote regions of the world,” said Gildo Pastor, President of Venturi Automobiles (at left, above). “The new partnership with Extreme E represents a new opportunity to show the capacity of electric vehicles in the most extreme environments. We’re beyond proud to join this innovative and entertaining concept.”
All of the Extreme E teams will compete across the series’ five formidable environments with electric SUVs built around a common package provided by Spark Racing Technology, including several spec components, homologated frame, and Continental tires.
From that starting point, Venturi, as with all other teams, will add its own powertrain and bodywork.
Prototype testing is scheduled to get underway in July this year, with delivery of 12 cars from Spark Racing Technology to follow in March 2020. Group testing will take place mid-way through next year before the opening race in January 2021.
“Gildo [Pastor] and Venturi showed the same belief and commitment in a then-new project when Formula E launched, joining the inaugural grid back in 2014, said Alejandro Agag (at right in photo above), founder and CEO of Formula E and operating partner of Extreme E. “The exciting race format and head-to-head stages in Extreme E are appealing for racing enthusiasts like Venturi, as is the message of sustainability and electric mobility.
“With Extreme E taking place across five of the most unique and remote locations on the planet,” Agog continued, “the synergies with Venturi’s drive for innovation and desire to push the envelope are clear to see.”