electric wheel motors
under 5 seconds
(from Venturi Press
Release) The result of close technological collaboration
between Venturi Automobiles and Michelin, the Venturi Volage,
presented for the first time at the “Mondial 2008” (Paris Motor
Show), marks a major step forward in the evolution of the
This new Venturi incorporates innovations which have enabled radical
changes in terms of the vehicle’s architecture, style, dynamic
behaviour and, more generally, the design of a modern vehicle.
All these changes constitute several world premières which, with the
presentation of the Venturi Volage, reinforce Venturi’s capability
for constant innovation, as well as its position as the most
advanced company in the field of electric vehicles.
POWER TRANSMISSION & ACTIVE
With 4 drive wheels with
active suspension, the Venturi Volage has no equivalent. “Michelin
Active Wheel” technology in fact incorporates 2 electric motors per
wheel (1 for suspension and 1 for drive), ie. a total of 8 electric
motors piloted in real time by spearhead electronics.
Like the mechanism of a watch, all the components, motors, gear
reduction units and suspensions, are miniaturized and built into the
The active electric shock absorber system allows for total
adaptation to the type of road surface and driving. Combining
Michelin’s experience in the area of surface liaison with that of
Venturi for the chassis, the Venturi Volage represents in its road
holding, drivability and silent functioning, the summum of today’s
THE CAR OF THE DIGITAL ERA
Playing down the
mechanical aspect in favor of electronics, close to the concept of a
robot, this car belongs to a new era, the digital era. Thanks to a
dashboard touch screen, the driver can configure the vehicle
entirely as he wishes. This total control marks significant progress
in terms of management, particularly of the energy stored in the
car’s batteries: the driver can, for example, decide to give
preference in certain cases to range rather than power, comfort
rather than speed, an important factor for an electric car.
A CHASSIS UNIQUE WORLDWIDE
The only part that the
Venturi Volage shares with the Venturi Fétish is its carbon fiber
bodywork. Developed by the Venturi Design Office, this body is still
a unique concept worldwide, as it is the only one to have been
specifically designed to be that of an electric car and thus carry
batteries within its very structure.
Thanks to this innovative design, both the Fétish and the Volage
benefit from an unequalled level of safety, for both the cars’
passengers and also the batteries they carry.
The ideal distribution of the Venturi Volage’s masses - 45% at the
front, 55% at the rear – and its perfectly mastered weight of 1,075
kilos enable it to attain 100 km/hr (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds.
A real demonstration of
spearhead technology, the car presented in its world première is
entirely operational and prefigures the production of a limited
series of this model, scheduled as from 2012.
Like the Venturi Fétish assembled in our workshops in Monaco, the
Venturi Volage will be assembled by hand, in the form of very
The technological repercussions of these two cars positioned at the
very top end of the market are to be found on other vehicles bearing
the Venturi brand, enabling as many people as possible to benefit
from the firm’s advances in the field of sustainable mobility.
DESIGN OF VOLAGE, BY SACHA LAKIC
“Like a light and
sensual veil, the Volage’s bodywork clings close to its exceptional
Active suspensions and motors incorporated into the wheels, a flat
bottom, aerodynamic tunnels: these choices and technological
advances have enabled me to “design the void” usually occupied by
the engine and suspensions, and thus explore audacious new paths in
terms of styling.
The void is part of the Volage style; it has been designed by
Volage has been fashioned by the wind.
The science of aerodynamics is the main tool that has been used to
elaborate its shape. It is easy and enjoyable to imagine the
movement of flows of air, on and across its bodywork.
Volage finds itself in a totally original and decidedly contemporary
formal category. The relationship with Venturi’s other models is
obvious, though it is also possible to see, in a few details, a
subtle tribute to certain icons among French cars of the pre-war
era, the most elegant, the ones that were way before their time.
Volage inspires passion: its powers of seduction are immense.”