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Presented as a World Premiere at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the Venturi Fetish is the first production electric sports car in automobile history. Fetish demonstrates that it is possible to make today what the big automobile manufacturers are only proposing 20 years from now.
Where public opinion considers an electric vehicle to be ugly, Fetish is the first electric car to be beautiful and desirable. Where public opinion believes that an electric car lacks performance, Fetish offers a remarkable acceleration and a maximum speed of 105 mph, well above the maximum speed limit. Finally, where electric cars are thought to seriously lack autonomy, the Fetish offers 220 miles (350 km) of autonomy and a rapid battery recharge (with 80 Amps) of 1 mile a minute or 10 minutes recharge for every 10 miles, easily covering the needs of daily urban transport.
Under the technical direction of Gerard Ducarouge, chief engineer of the project, Fetish has been conceived to be an electric vehicle with absolutely no compromise on batteries and using the best state of the art technology available world-wide, regardless of price. With the engine ideally positioned in rear central position and a monocoque carbon chassis, the overall architecture of the Venturi is comparable to that of a racing car. The roadholding is an evolution, even with regard to the Venturi Atlantique 300, already well renowned for its excellent roadholding.
The vehicle attains a record light weight of 1653 lb (750 kg) without and 2424 lb (1100 kg) with batteries.
Venturi's innovative approach represents a complete change in cultural direction, the evolution from the traditional sports car to a noiseless electric sports car, as well as a radical change in technological references, placing the battery, not the engine, at the epicentre of the automobile technological advancement and its performance.
With state of the art technology available and the mass production of batteries for mobile phones and laptop computers, an electric sports car is no longer out of the question.
However, before Fetish and the Lithium-Ion batteries, it was not possible to stock enough energy in an automobile: more than a ton of batteries would have been necessary to achieve the same power.
Driving a Fetish.
Driving a Venturi Fetish is an entirely new experience. The car in equipped with a linear torque engine, 100% available on ignition, achieving 14,000 rpm and adjustable engine braking. With a 242 bhp (180 kW) engine, Fetish offers a unique driving sensation: accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds, demonstrating that its electric propulsion engine indeed supersedes many petrol engines over 330 bhp.
Having integrated the obligatory standard norms for Europe, Japan and the USA right from the conception of Fetish, it will be made available for sale commencing with Tokyo (November 2004) and Los Angeles (January 2004), two markets that are particularly sensitive to environmental issues. Paris, London and Monte-Carlo have also been selected as the main target markets in Europe.
Assembled by hand and made to order, Fetish is already available for sale - a trendsetting concept, at a price of $664,000 (540,000 Euro). The new Venturi is destined for the select few visionaries seeking to be identified with such a unique automobile.
The Fetish Concept.
Fetish has been conceived to demonstrate that there is an exciting alternative to the petrol engine. This playful and innovative alternative completely respects the very essence of automobile tradition, rarity, character and passion, as well as the world around us. Fetish utilizes and maximizes all available techniques and technologies with a unique goal: pleasure.
Pleasure of driving, visual and tactile pleasure - you will be thrilled to drive today, the automobile of tomorrow. Fetish simply demonstrates that there is a future after the death of the traditional car of today.
Type :: Electrical motor
Displacement cu in (cc) :: n.a.
Power bhp (kW) at RPM :: 242(180) / 14000
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM :: 162(220) / 1-14000
Redline at RPM :: 14000
Brakes & Tires.
Brakes F/R :: ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R :: R18 - R19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight.
Length - Width - Height in :: 151.6 - 77.5 - 46.8
Weight lb (kg) :: 2424 (1100)
Acceleration 0-62 mph s :: 4.5
Top Speed mph (km/h) :: 105 (170)
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