August 01, 2014



The Venturi America represents pleasure, sensations and emotions.
A Sports Buggy, inspired from the 60‘s and 70‘s Americans dune buggy culture, like used by Steve McQueens, in his classic film, Thomas Crown Affair. These buggies symbolized freedom, adventure and fun. The AMERICA keeping the spirit but staying true to Venturi’s Modern styling and advanced technologies.
Designed for the great outdoors, equipped with the same eco friendly +300 hp motor like the VENTURI FÉTISH sports car. This new-era lightweight Sports Buggy concept is a high-powered vehicle with a chassis specially designed to suit its high riding body.
For electric vehicles to be successful today, they must appeal to todays market, in terms of both practicality and aesthetic styling, more so than the current conventional gasoline automobiles.

The America is assembled in France at the Manufacture de Véhicules Electriques (Electric Vehicle Plant) in Sablé sur Sarthe. Each America has a custom finish applied at Venturi Automobiles’ headquarters in Monaco, from where the vehicle is delivered to the customer. The America’s production run is limited to 100 individually numbered vehicles.

The product of 12 years of technological innovation from Monaco’s Venturi Automobiles, the America forges a new path for exceptional electric vehicles. A high-riding sports car, the America is a zero-emission crossover designed for adventure. The America combines the performance, balance and handling of a sports car with a high body, tire mounting and open cockpit inspired by buggies.
Engineered for pleasure and extremely versatile, the America has broken free of the town, taking in a multitude of new playgrounds. Whether on mountain roads or by the sea, along forest paths, rocky trails or dusty tracks, the steady acceleration and the power of this modern “muscle car” provides the same feeling of freedom.

”Some dreams never leave you.
That of driving a unique sports car, powerful yet silent, through amazing scenery for example; or of tasting the incomparable pleasure of a smooth and precise driving experience that offers excellent acceleration, while in perfect harmony with nature.
The America was born for wide open spaces.”
Sacha Lakic, designer of the America

“The America is a contemporary sculpture in movement, both simple and sophisticated, and charged with emotion : the purpose of each one of its curves is to give both visual and tactile pleasure.”

Lakic is a rare designer, capable of moving from one design field to another with both ease and effectiveness. Having designed cars, bikes, furniture, architecture and everyday objects, both playful and refined, rational and moving, comfortable and revolutionary, Lakic is playing with industrial constraints to give to projects timeless modernity.
What characterizes the world of Sacha Lakic, is the extraordinary sense of movement that animates his creations, they come to life as sleek shapes with high velocity. Combines beauty, functionality and sensuality, as a master of movement and speed, he transforms the living environment with new technological horizons and dreams, inspiring well-being and pure emotion.
Sacha Lakic’s designs are timeless and are destined to become future classics.

“One should always be a little improbable” – Oscar Wilde
Born in Belgrade, Sacha Lakic moved to Paris at a very young age, and it wasn’t long before he was drawing his first sketches. His father was a designer for some of Avenue Montaigne’s most famous outlets, and it was in his father’s workshop that Lakic was first exposed to fluidity, to movement, to the shapes of the human body beneath fabrics. While his friends were dreaming of riding mopeds, Lakic, pencil in hand, was sketching the motorcycles and cars of the future. Driven by an unrelenting passion, he found his way to Peugeot’s Interior Style offices where he honed his
skills under the tutelage of design artist Paul Bracq.
In 1986 he joined Alain Carré’s studio – at the time the zenith of the design trade – and at last saw international showrooms displaying his motorcycles, including the Axis 749, designed by Lakic, made with Yamaha parts and developed by Lakic’s friends, Thierry and Bertrand from Boxer Bikes in Toulouse.
The design was a revelation, and the start of a rapid chain of events. Firstly, Lakic took charge of the integrated design offices of the Franco-Japanese manufacturer MBK-Yamaha. Upon his arrival, he made his mark on all of the brand’s products, from concept bikes to mass-produced models, and from show bikes to futuristic designs, earning recognition from his peers in the shape of the 1993 Janus design award. It is a huge credit to Lakic that the futuristic bikes he created alongside British Formula 1 constructor Brabham are still fresh and don’t look out of place even 20 years on.
Lakic makes optimum use of his discussions with engineers and the industrial limitations to breathe life into his projects as they constantly become bolder, more modern, and more high-tech. On the other side of the coin, however, Lakic ensures that his designs are always evocatively organic and dynamic.
In 1994 Lakic branched out on his own, creating Sacha Lakic Design in the centre of Paris, overlooking Montmarte. Once there he launched his first collaborative efforts, designing scooters and motorbikes with Piaggio and Bimota, creating the Why Not furniture range with David Lange and shaping watches and fashion accessories with Jean Colonna.
Lakic’s work underwent a digital revolution, as he progressed from the propelling pencil to 3D models, without ever losing the spontaneity of his sketchbook days. Over the years, he has built up a team of new talent from all four corners of the world, ranging from product designers to vehicle specialists to keen architects. Today, his multicultural team and his design studio in Luxembourg are his most crucial assets, allowing him to read and understand new trends in how people live.
Since 1996, Lakic has put his talents to work creating a variety of designs to give shape and substance to the nascent French brand Voxan.
Ever the engineer, Lakic created “Black Magic”, picking up from where the legendary motorbikes of the 50s and 60s, such as Norton Manx and Vincent had left off to produce a roadster boasting the finest in motorcycle technology. Black Magic is a pure, authentic and timeless work, illustrating perfectly the harmony between bike and rider – a motorbike whose beautiful design hints at the wonderful thrill of riding it.
Two encounters would define Lakic’s work.
The first was with Roche-Bobois and led to him designing the Onda bed in 1996. What started as a first try turned out to be first class, and the magic carpet-esque Onda was awarded the Casaidea prize in Rome.
Lakic formed an instant understanding with the Roche-Bobois teams and the development meetings were productive and dynamic. These gatherings gave rise to major collections, such as 2005’s Speed Up and 2007’s Dyna, as well as best-sellers including the Synopsis sofa and the Speed Up sideboard.
Speed Up brings together strong Mediterranean personality and the minimalist design that Lakic discovered during his trips to Japan. The 50s-inspired “love spaceship” sofa and even the dinner table with its carbon leg are based on flow and motion. Still, but brimming with the power of movement, Speed Up’s statuesque furniture blends modernity, innovation and elegance, making it not simply a design but a genuine technological achievement.
Lakic’s second important encounter was with Gildo Palanca Pastor, who arrived in 2000 to buy the sports car brand Venturi with the aim of making it THE new age car manufacturer, driven by electric power.
This meeting not only led to a genuine friendship between Lakic and Pastor, but to also to the creation of vehicles that posed serious questions to the world of cars.
FetishVolageEclecticAstrolab and America are the vanguard of tomorrow’s cars, ready to be driven today.
From Luxembourg to Monaco, Paris to Lagos, New York to Shanghai and Moscow to Dubai, Lakic continues to work with companies that stand out for the meaning they give to their work, their visions for the future and their constant focus on immaculate quality.
Sacha Lakic is one of very few designers who possess liquid creativity, switching with ease from commercial products to architecture or from photography to fashion.
What truly sets Lakic apart is the incredible feeling of movement that flows through his creations, imbuing them with life, form and soul.
Sacha Lakic takes command of technical limitations to create projects that join beauty and sensuality with functionality. As a master of motion and speed, he shifts the frame through which we perceive the world, opening new technological and abstract horizons, while evoking wellbeing and pure emotion.
His creations transcend time and are destined to become future classics.
BERLIN 2011 - Challenge Michelin, Prix Best design, Best accélération, Lowest CO2 - Venturi Volage
PARIS 2009 - Prix de L’environnement GEO Magazine, catégorie transport – Venturi Eclectic
PARIS 2009 - Prix Spécial du jury du Festival de l’Automobile – Venturi Volage
CHICAGO 2008 – Good Design Award catégorie transport – Venturi Eclectic
USA 2007 – Time Magazine, Eclectic élu 2e produit le plus intelligent de l’année après le iPhone
PARIS 2002 - Talents du luxe et de la création, Prix de la séduction - Fetish Concept
PARIS 2000 - APCI, "Etoile du design 2001" – Voxan Roadster
ROME 1996 - "Compasso d’oro" Casaidea – Collection Onda Roche Bobois
PARIS 1993 - "Janus du Design" – MBK Evolis