I'll be honest: I absolutely adore the Venturi Fétish. Upon its reveal, I downloaded all of the wallpapers, combed the specifications, watched the videos, and read the press releases.
To me, it looks like a cross between the RenaultSport Spider and Lotus Elise—or a more quirky Tesla Roadster.
Venturi was founded in 1984, with the goal of producing a world-class French grand touring car. Their first, the Godfroy Ventury shown at the Paris Motor Show that year, was sort of a French version of the Pontiac Fiero or Toyota MR2—light, fun to drive, and good-looking.
Former Heuliez engineers Claude Poiraud and Gérard Godfroy were behind the first design, and afterward with a little funding started Vénturi, with the intent of producing many more.
After the team was assembled in Le Mans winner Jean Rondeau's workshops, they settled on the name Venturi. With the intent of sourcing all major components from France, the small team began production of the mid-engined coupe.
Successive models followed—the 300 Alantique and 400 GT are some of my favourites—but through racing success and updates to their products they kept creeping upmarket.
Through declining fortunes, ownership was transferred to Gildo Pallanca Pastor, who decided that since established Porsche, Ferrari and others already had the high-end market covered, they'd change focus to something more cutting-edge.
What to do? Create and market the world's first production all-electric sports car.
The Fétish, first shown in 2004 at the Paris Motor Show, Designer Sacha Lakic is credited with the design, a blend of old sports car proportions and a forward-looking style.
Underneath, its powertrain has quoted horsepower of "more than 300" horsepower, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in four seconds, and a range of up to 340 kilometres. The closest rival in terms of performance would be the Tesla Roadster—a very similar concept—sold from 2008.
The small fly in the ointment? Each car cost more than $400,000 Usd to buy new. If you're moneyed, FYI: It's still in production, with updated styling and improved performance.
My fantasy garage has a Fétish, though, not to mention a few other electric cars.
But that's a story for another day.