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The Venturi America looks like a Alfa Romeo 4C after a cheeseburger binge, but damn is it fast!

Venturi Automobiles started its life as a Monegasque-based manufacturer founded by former Heuliez engineers Claude Piraud and Gerar Godfroy. The company’s initial purpose was to create a grand tourer capable of competing against Ferraris and Porsches. Although Venturi never achieved that goal, it did roll out a couple of exciting, mid-engined coupes powered by V-6 engines mated to Renault-sourced gearboxes. Its most notable creations are the 260 Atlantique, the 300 Atlantique, and the 400 GT. Following a brief venture into endurance racing, Venturi was aquired by Monegasque millionaire Gildo Pallanca Pastor, who decided the company should focus on building electric cars. The move spawned the Venturi Fetish, the world’s first two-seater electric sports car. The futuristic-looking Fetish preceded the Tesla Roadster by two years. The fetish was followed by a range of innovative concept cars, culminating with the America, a full-electric, two-seater, "all-road sports car."

Unlike its predecessors, the America is set to become a production model, with assembly to begin in 2015. Moreover, the "high-voltage buggy", as it’s described by its creator, is an unusual proposition to the EV market by combining sports car-like performance with the ride height of a crossover and the appearance of a buggy, cut-out doors and a T-top roof included. Read on to find out more about this out-of-the-ordinary electric car.

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2015 Venturi America

2015 Venturi America

Venturi Automobiles started its life as a Monegasque-based manufacturer founded by former Heuliez engineers Claude Piraud and Gerar Godfroy. The company’s initial purpose was to create a grand tourer capable of competing against Ferraris and Porsches. Although Venturi never achieved that goal, it did roll out a couple of exciting, mid-engined coupes powered by V-6 engines mated to Renault-sourced gearboxes. Its most notable creations are the 260 Atlantique, the 300 Atlantique, and the 400 GT. Following a brief venture into endurance racing, Venturi was aquired by Monegasque millionaire Gildo Pallanca Pastor, who decided the company should focus on building electric cars. The move spawned the Venturi Fetish, the world’s first two-seater electric sports car. The futuristic-looking Fetish preceded the Tesla Roadster by two years. The fetish was followed by a range of innovative concept cars, culminating with the America, a full-electric, two-seater, "all-road sports car."

Unlike its predecessors, the America is set to become a production model, with assembly to begin in 2015. Moreover, the "high-voltage buggy", as it’s described by its creator, is an unusual proposition to the EV market by combining sports car-like performance with the ride height of a crossover and the appearance of a buggy, cut-out doors and a T-top roof included. Read on to find out more about this out-of-the-ordinary electric car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Venturi America.

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2011 Venturi America EV

2011 Venturi America EV

The French manufacturer, Venturi, is well known for its small electric roadster called the Fetish, and now that electric vehicles are all the rage, they have decided that it would be a good time to bring out a new model. Of course, there’s no better time like the present, especially since the Paris Motor Show is hours away and will practically be all about electric cars anyway.

The Venturi America - although if you ask us the name makes no sense, we are talking about a model made by a French manufacturer making its debut in France - is a small electric car powered by an electric motor that delivers a total of 300 hp and 380 Nm of torque. The America can hit a top speed of 124 MPH (or 200 km/h) and, when traveling at a speed of no more than 90 km/h (55 mph), will offer an autonomy of 300 kilometers.

The new electric model is based on the 2006 Fetish and was designed under the leadership of designer Sacha Lakic. Like with the Fetish, America is also characterized by the intense use of carbon fiber.

More details are to be released after the official launch.

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