Presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the Volage Concept is the result of a close technological collaboration between Venturi Automobiles and Michelin.
The four-wheel drive sytem with active suspension adopts the “Michelin Active Wheel” technology.
It incorporates 2 electric motors per wheel (1 for
suspension and 1 for drive), for a total of 8 electric motors elettronically piloted in real time.
The active electric shock absorber system allows for total adaptation to the type of road
surface and driving.
The driver can configure the vehicle by using a dashboard touch screen. Controls include the management of the energy stored in the
car’s batteries: the driver can, for example, decide to give preference in certain cases to
than power, or comfort rather than speed.
The only part that the Venturi Volage shares with the Venturi Fétish is its carbon fiber
This body has been specifically designed by the Venturi Design Office for
electric cars and can carry batteries within its very structure, with great benefits in terms of safety for both the passengers and the batteries.
The ideal distribution of the Venturi Volage’s masses – 45% at the front, 55% at the rear– and its weight of 1,075 kilos enable it to attain 100 km/hr (62 mph)
in less than 5 seconds.
The car presented in its world première is
entirely operational and prefigures the production of a limited series of this model,
scheduled for 2012.
Like the Venturi Fétish assembled in the workshops in Monaco, the Venturi Volage will be
assembled by hand, in the form of very limited production.
"The technological repercussions of these two cars positioned at the very top end of the
market are to be found on other vehicles bearing the Venturi brand, enabling as many
people as possible to benefit from the firm’s advances in the field of sustainable mobility."
“Like a light and sensual veil, the Volage’s bodywork clings close to its exceptional
Active suspensions and motors incorporated into the wheels, a flat bottom, aerodynamic
tunnels: these choices and technological advances have enabled me to “design the void”
usually occupied by the engine and suspensions, and thus explore audacious new paths
in terms of styling.
"Volage has been fashioned by the wind.
It is easy and enjoyable to imagine the movement of flows of air, on and across its
"Volage finds itself in a totally original and decidedly contemporary formal category.
relationship with Venturi’s other models is obvious, though it is also possible to see, in a
few details, a subtle tribute to certain icons among French cars of the pre-war era, the
most elegant, the ones that were way before their time.
Volage inspires passion: its powers of seduction are immense.”