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A pioneer in the field of electric vehicles, Monegasque group Venturi has participated in the Formula E world championship since it was launched in 2014. The group’s Voxan Wattman is now the fastest electric motorbike in the world!

When he purchased the car manufacturer Venturi Automobiles in 2000, Monegasque businessman Gildo Pallanca Pastor decided to refocus the brand on electric vehicles, terminating production of internal combustion models.

As a result of this strategic focus and the expertise that it had accumulated in electric vehicles, in 2014 Venturi entered Formula E and lined up its fully electric single-seater cars on the starting grid for the early e-Prix races.

From that point, the Monegasque manufacturer became a driving force in promoting Formula E.

In 2018, the company went on to establish Venturi Next Gen: the very first school specifically for electric motorsport drivers. The academy has eight recruits, aged between 9 and 29, drawn from the world of karting, single-seater racing and e-sports. The first Venturi Next Gen class includes Monegasque national Arthur Leclerc, brother of Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

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To take the lead against big guns like Renault who compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the small Monegasque team made some internal changes in 2018.

At the head of Venturi now stands a woman, former racing driver and Williams test driver, Susie Wolff. The wife of Toto Wolff, the iconic CEO of the Mercedes team, is both a shareholder and Team Principal of the Venturi Formula E Team.

 

Venturi has also called on the services of Formula 1 World Championship runner-up Felipe Massa who, together with Edoardo Mortara, now dreams of winning at home in the Monaco e-Prix.

These changes have borne fruit, with the Monegasque team scoring its first ever victory in Hong Kong in 2019, thanks to Mortara. A few weeks later, Felipe Massa achieved a third-place podium finish in Monaco… Now the plan is to move onwards and upwards.

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Another major change destined to boost the performance of Venturi racing came in 2019: for the sixth electric motorsports racing season, the team joined forces with Mercedes-Benz EQ and adopted the German giant’s powertrain (as well as its cooling system, rear suspension, onboard electronics, etc.).

The team also changed its name in November 2019, becoming ROKiT Venturi Racing, since the telecommunications company is now the team’s title sponsor.

Off the track, Venturi designs, develops and manufactures electric vehicles which draw on its Formula E experience. In 2016, its VBB-3 bullet car set a new world record of 548 km/h on the Utah salt flats in the USA.

Venturi also devised the Antarctica, the first zero-emissions polar exploration vehicle, which is capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -50°C.

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In late October and early November 2020, Venturi broke 11 world speed records, this time on an electric motorbike. On the runway at France’s Châteauroux Airport, the six-time motorcycle world champion Max Biaggi and his Voxan Wattman secured the prestigious speed record in the “partially streamlined electric motorcycle over 300 kg” category, notching up a speed of 366.94 km/h.

They also achieved an instantaneous speed of 408 km/h. With streamlined bodywork and a permanent magnet motor providing 367 horsepower, the Voxan Wattman is unique in that it was largely designed using digital technology.

Gildo and his teams are driven by incredible confidence and determination. They said to me: ‘we’ve come close to 600 km/h on four wheels, now we want to hit 400 km/h on two wheels and nothing can stop us!’ These records make me a happy man! I’m proud of the team and delighted to be bringing these titles back to Monaco!

Max Biaggi, Voxan Wattman rider

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