Venturi, the Monegasque electric car maker and owner of the Venturi Formula E team, is launching VENTURI NEXT GEN and aims to take budding young drivers to the very top of electric motorsport.
President of VENTURI, Gildo Pastor was one of the first to put his faith in electric vehicles. That was about 20 years ago, when he took over the VENTURI brand and began production of fully electric luxury sports cars.
Today, with the brand competing in the Formula E championship for the fourth consecutive year, Venturi’s President is launching the first ever drivers’ academy dedicated to electric motorsport. With some the recruits coming from an e-sports background, the Academy will be their gateway from the virtual to the real world, in the electric category, making Venturi once again one of the pioneers of a new era.
“We want to help those with talent but who haven’t always had the means to get started”, said Pastor.
“We have often given youth a chance in the past. For example, the Venturi Formula E team development driver, Michael Benyahia, is just 17. For me, it was the logical next step to continue betting on youth by creating VENTURI NEXT GEN.”
The eight young drivers selected by the VENTURI NEXT GEN team are:
Louis IGLESIAS (9 years old / international karting)
Pierre-Louis CHOVET (16 / F4 France)
Benjamin CARTERY (14 / international karting)
Arthur LECLERC (17 / F4 France)
Dorian BOCCOLACCI (19 / GP 3)
Maxime PAIN (21 / three-time e-sport world champion)
Kevin LEAUNE (29 / five-time e-sport world champion)
Gaëtan GOARANT (29 / two-time e-sport world champion)
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