France has been playing hosts to the oldest and the most iconic of races in the World, the LeMans. The legend of Le Mans is so huge that no mention of motorsport is complete without it. Being a one of a kind event, where manufacturers from around the world try and showcase their engineering supremacy as much as top drivers around the world showcase their endured racing skills. So it is something for people to sit up and take notice of, when a manufacturer from the backyard of the Le Mans playground decides to build Supercars. Venturi started as a company that would specialise in building luxury sports cars in a post war thriving economy of early 1980’s.
Venturi wanted its brand to be associated with performance and so they began showcasing their performance by participating in motorsport events such as Le Mans and BPR Global GT series. The Venturi cars participating in these series were essentially the 400’s which is Venturi’s most popular model till date. The Venturi 400 sported a PRV ( an engine jointly developed by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo) sourced V6 engine. The PRV engines powering the Venturi 400’s were twin turbocharged to produce 400hp on the road going version, making it good enough to compete against the likes of Ferrari’s of the early 90’s. The Venturi 400’s 3.0-litre twin turbocharged V6 engines could sprint to 60mph (96.5kmph) in 4.7sec and clock a top speed of 181mph (291kmph).
Venturi turned up the boost on the turbos to produce 600hp on the cars used for racing application and called this the Venturi 600LM. Venturi put five cars on the grid for the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a best resulting in an overall 27th position. The Venturi 600 LM was homologated into the GT1 class of Le Mans by selling one road going version of 600LM to a keen buyer. In the brief lifetime of the Venturi 600 LM, the race car was able to score a couple of victories before disappearing into oblivion forever. During the 1994 season, Jean-Claude Basso and Henri Pescarolo won the 1000km racing in Paris in a Venturi 600 LM chassis no. LM009 which was followed by two more racing successes at the 4-hours race at Spa-Francorchamps and the British GT Championship at the Silverstone Circuit.