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The French Supercar: Venturi 400 GT

Venturi is a French manufacturer that was founded by two engineers during the mid-1980s. The company was established for the purpose of building cars to compete with mainstream sportscar companies. Venturi was the first auto manufacturer since WWII to produce luxury cars in France. Despite some racing success, the company faced financial issues and filed for bankruptcy in 2000. In 2001, Gildo Pallanca Pastor purchased Venturi and has transformed it into an electric car company. Venturi also acquired the French motorcycle company “Vaxon” in 2009, which helped get them into the motorcycle production arena.

The 400 GT was produced from 1992-1997. The car also came in a race-ready version known as the “Trophy”. There were a total of (86) 400 GT’s produced with 13 street versions and 73 race ready Trophy cars. After Venturi was finished racing the 400 Trophy, some of the cars were converted for street use.

The Venturi 400 GT is powered by the PRV bi-turbo 3.0L V6. The PRV platform was a joint venture engine built by Renault, Peugeot, and Volvo. The engine produces 408hp and 384 ft-lbs of torque. The 400 GT can do 0-60 mph in just under 5 seconds with a 181 mph top speed. This mid-engine supercar also features a 5-speed gearbox.

*A variant of the PRV V6 was used in the DMC DeLorean.*

The wastegates on the bi-turbo system are loud and give the car extra cool points.

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The Venturi 400 GT is still one of the all-time best performance cars that were manufactured in France.

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The 400 GT was the very first car in the world to feature standard carbon brakes.

A Trophy showing off on the track.

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