The North American International Auto Show (Detroit) was the perfect opportunity for French auto manufacturer Venturi, to present once again its electric supercar concept, the Volage.
First introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, this concept vehicle is a two-seater, four-wheel drive sports car and it’s the result of the collaboration between Venturi Automobiles and tire manufacturers Michelin.
The aerodynamic carbon fibre body kit, designed by Sacha Lakic, and the aluminium and composite material chassis make the Volage light, which is very important considering the Lithium-Polymer batteries used are quite heavy (350 kgs). With an overall weight of just 1,075 kgs and an even distribution (45% at the front and 55% at the rear), the supercar goes up to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds.
Benefiting from Michelin’s Active Wheel technology, the Venturi Volage concept uses two incorporated electric motors for each wheel (one for drive and one for suspension), resulting in a total of 8 electric motors.
Expected to come into limited production in 2012, each car will be assembled by hand at the Venturi workshops in Monaco.
[via Automobiles Review]