Many people think Tesla made the first production electric sports car in 2008, with the Tesla Roadster. However, Venturi Automobiles had been shipping the Venturi Fetish to well endowed customers since 2006. Then then there was the Venturi Volage, an awesome tetra-motored electric supercar concept that should be available soon. The French automotive company’s latest electric experiment is ironically dubbed the Venturi America. Ironic because, Venturi says is only making 100 of these door-less electric enduro cars, but despite its name, none of them are to be sold in the U.S.
Venturi calls the America a “high-riding sports car,” and on paper, we’re willing to agree on both counts based on the car’s looks and its specs. The styling of the America is what we might imagine a collaboration between Smart and Jeep, with the two-passenger car looking every bit the part of a modern street-legal dune buggy, right down to its ample ground clearance and open cockpit design. In terms of its performance, the Venturi-developed electric powertrain is said to produce 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is pretty great for a 3,100-pound car. There are also three driver-selectable modes (Cruising, Sport and Super Sport), so the car’s dynamic settings allow the driver to choose between maximum driving range and maximum performance. Powered by a 53 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, the America has a driving a range of around 186 miles (presumably in Cruising mode) with a top speed of 124 miles per hour. -Autoblog
Here is a video of the America in action in Venturi’s latest advertisement: