BACK TO TELEGRAPH CREEK / VENTURI ANTARCTICA 6 Marzo 2019. Photo © Sarah Del Ben / Icebreaker / © VENTURI / C. Dupont. Courtesy of Ufficio Stampa Venturi Racing, Prince Albert II Foundation.

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Potersi muovere liberamente anche a temperature estreme nei luoghi dove i segnali e le cause di drastici cambiamenti climatici sono più evidenti. La missione di Antarctica nei 42 km della Telegraph Creek in Alaska ha avuto successo, nei giorni nella Tahltan Indian Reserve e nei successivi giorni di raccolta  di dati e test tra le Alpi francesi e i Laboratori di Modena. Sua Altezza Serenissima Principe Alberto II di Monaco, l’astronauta canadese Chris Hadfield, il presidente della Venturi del Nord America Xavier Cevrin, il primo veicolo elettrico a meno quaranta gradi, una sfida completata, per un sano principio di essere i primi, per la sfida e la ricerca scientifica necessaria per una sostenibilità ambientale non più indotta ma determinata. La prossima sfida di Antarctica e della Venturi sarà Antartide, il Polo Sud e i suoi -50° gradi. (m.g.)

BACK TO TELEGRAPH CREEK / VENTURI ANTARCTICA 6 Marzo 2019. Photo © Sarah Del Ben / Icebreaker / © VENTURI / C. Dupont. Courtesy of Ufficio Stampa Venturi Racing, Prince Albert II Foundation.

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‘BACK TO TELEGRAPH CREEK’: ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE FOR
VENTURI AUTOMOBILES

Monaco, 28 March 2019 – VENTURI Automobiles, the Monegasque manufacturer which is blazing a trail in the field of electromobility, has once more pushed the electric car to its limits. On 6 March 2019, Antarctica, the first electric polar exploration vehicle, travelled 42 kilometres under extreme temperature conditions in British Columbia. This unique expedition, known as ‘Back to Telegraph Creek’, was given a boost by the participation of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco as one of the three drivers for the day.

“The reason I’m here in Canada is a simple one: I personally believed in Gildo Pastor’s project, and so I was very keen to follow the vehicle through its various stages of development and to try it for myself.
I found the
Antarctica an absolute pleasure to drive: it responded very sensitively to changes in power or direction, and the traction was really good. We are on the right path in terms of developing the vehicle for its future uses.
The
Antarctica represents hope for the future, not only for scientific purposes in Antarctica, but also perhaps for other uses elsewhere in the world. I hope that we will come to see this as a ‘benchmark project’, which will serve as proof that clean vehicles are the right response to the need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in both urban and natural settings, or under extreme temperature conditions.”

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco


‘BACK TO TELEGRAPH CREEK’: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

VENTURI’s research and development department set up camp in Canada’s British Columbia at the end of February. The Monegasque experts’ aim was to put the Antarctica through a final phase of tests under extreme climatic conditions before its big departure for the South Pole.

The tests provided the team with the opportunity to take on a challenge known as ‘Back to Telegraph Creek’. At 10 am local time on 6 March, three exceptional drivers took their seats on board the Antarctica: Prince Albert II of Monaco, Canadian astronaut Chris HADFIELD, and VENTURI North America President Xavier CHEVRIN. The three took turns at the helm of the vehicle as they travelled from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek, successfully completing the final phase of the test programme. At 11.54 am local time, after covering 42 kilometres of difficult terrain in a brutal, hostile natural environment, Antarctica crossed the finish line with the Monegasque Sovereign at the controls. The Prince was presented with the flag of the Explorers Club, a prestigious association which has been promoting scientific exploration since 1904. The Club acted as a partner for the endeavour, and had sent its President Richard WIESE specially to assess the vehicle’s technical merit.


AN UNUSUAL EXPEDITION
Telegraph Creek Road, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous roads, was the location of a failed car rally in the early twentieth century. In 1934, the Bedaux expedition attempted to cross the north-west of Canada from a starting point in Edmonton. But the attempt was to end in vain, due to the nature of the terrain and the tough climatic conditions. As a tribute to this uncompleted expedition, VENTURI revisited the epic journey in a zero-emissions vehicle.

The setting for this expedition was equally unique, with the Tahltan Indian Reserve serving as a backdrop. The Tahltan community, which has lived in the region for more than 10,000 years, offered an extremely warm welcome to the entire team on their arrival at Telegraph Creek. The mission’s success was celebrated with ancestral ritual dances and a banquet featuring moose and salmon.

This Canadian adventure – part of the VENTURI Global Challenges series* – provided an opportunity for the vehicle to tackle terrain similar to that found in Antarctica. It operated perfectly below -30 °C and even still had nearly half of its original range left on arrival: an exceptional performance for an electric vehicle in these conditions.

Progressive temperature tests had previously been carried out: initially in Auron, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France, where Antarctica completed its first journeys, then in a climate chamber in Italy. Following this final phase in Canada, the test programme has now been fully validated and VENTURI’s latest creation is ready to tackle the -50 °C summer temperatures found in Antarctica.

* The VENTURI Global Challenges are missions organised by VENTURI to test the company’s electric vehicles in the most extreme conditions and most challenging terrains on the planet. The recurring theme of these missions is the most daring adventures by car of the last century. During these challenges, VENTURI has set several records and achieved a number of world firsts, consolidating its status as a pioneer and leader in the field of high-performance electric vehicles.


EN ROUTE TO ANTARCTICA

Antarctica’s ultimate goal is rapidly approaching. In the next few months, the vehicle will be sent to a scientific research station at the South Pole: a world first which marks the culmination of a project entrusted to VENTURI President Gildo PASTOR by Prince Albert II of Monaco, through the Foundation which bears the Sovereign’s name.** Thanks to the Antarctica, the scientists working at the South Pole will now have a zero-emissions means of transport allowing them to carry equipment to study sites with no impact on the environment. A source of great pride for the Monegasque company as it prepares to celebrate its twentieth anniversary (in 2020) as a manufacturer of electric cars.

** Established in 2006, the Prince Albert II Foundation works to protect the environment and promote sustainable development at the global level. The Foundation supports initiatives by public and private organisations in the fields of research, technological innovation and practices which take account of social challenges.


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IN THEIR WORDS

“The reason I’m here in Canada is a simple one: I personally believed in Gildo Pastor’s project, and so I was very keen to follow the vehicle through its various stages of development and to try it for myself.
I found the
Antarctica an absolute pleasure to drive: it responded very sensitively to changes in power or direction, and the traction was really good. We are on the right path in terms of developing the vehicle for its future uses.
The
Antarctica represents hope for the future, not only for scientific purposes in Antarctica, but also perhaps for other uses elsewhere in the world. I hope that we will come to see this as a ‘benchmark project’, which will serve as proof that clean vehicles are the right response to the need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in both urban and natural settings, or under extreme temperature conditions.”

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

 

“’Back to Telegraph Creek’ was a great adventure. We showed passion and determination to achieve our goal. By travelling 42 kilometres at temperatures below -30 °C, we set a record for an electric vehicle, and I’m proud of the team which worked hard to develop the Antarctica. Huge thanks are also due to the fantastic team which led this mission, they were all invaluable assets. Together, we proved that the capabilities of the electric vehicle enable it to meet a number of needs, and we have not yet discovered its limits. So we chose to push them further and further. VENTURI’s Antarctica is a vehicle designed for the Antarctic. In Canada, we experienced temperatures as low as -37 °C, and the vehicle had no problems. I think that Antarctica has yet more great surprises in store.”

Gildo PASTOR, President of VENTURI

 

“I’m proud to have been part of the team for this shared endeavour, and to have participated in the Antarctica project, which is developing an absolutely exceptional technology: we’re talking here about the latest information and equipment technologies. The aim is to improve the quality of the environment in unique areas of the globe like Antarctica. We have tested these technologies under equally exceptional conditions. This is a great source of pride for me, but also a privilege and a challenge. I am very grateful to Gildo PASTOR for putting his faith in me.
I have had many experiences in different and difficult locations… I’m a fighter pilot and I’ve travelled to space as an engineer and explorer. I’ve seen the Earth from spacecraft more than 2,000 times and this has given me an interesting overall perspective on this project in particular. I must say that I was not disappointed: what we achieved in Canada with the
Antarctica, no other electric vehicle has ever done before us.”

Chris HADFIELD, Astronaut

 

“The tests carried out by the VENTURI Automobiles teams here in Canada have shown the reliability and resistance of the Antarctica when exposed to very low temperatures. This latest step forward represents an important stage in terms of improving research on the ground under extreme conditions using a zero-emissions vehicle. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is delighted to be supporting this remarkable initiative. We will be following its deployment to Antarctica and use by scientists with great interest.”

 

H.E. Mr Bernard FAUTRIER, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II Foundation


SUCCESSFUL TEST FOR VENTURI ANTARCTICA, THE FIRST ELECTRICALLY-POWERED POLAR EXPLORATION VEHICLE

Monaco, 6 February 2019 – VENTURI, the pioneering Monegasque electromobility company, continues its development of Antarctica, the first ever “zero emissions” electric vehicle capable of operating in extreme conditions. Antarctica successfully passed its first road tests in the southern French ski resort of Auron as well as operational tests in a climate chamber : two critical steps before functioning at temperatures of -50°C in the South Pole.


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PRODUCTIVE INITIAL TESTING

Last month, the VENTURI team developing Antarctica travelled to Auron, a winter sports resort two hours’ drive from Monaco, to test the vehicle under real cold weather conditions for the first time. Over three days and four nights, the tests pitted the caterpillar tracked-vehicle against sub-zero temperatures similar to those encountered in the Antarctic. The specialist engineers also checked the on-board installations, battery and engine management, lighting and de-icing functions, as well as charging and parking the vehicle outside in the cold.

“This is the same team that work on VENTURI’s racing cars*, so they are very used to working with time constraints and to short deadlines”, explained Nicolas OLLIVIER, Antarctica Developer. “We have to react quickly at every stage of the project, especially during tests on elements identified as requiring optimisation.”

Following the tests, VENTURI Antarctica spent three days in a climate chamber in Modena, Italy, where the engineering team checked some of the vehicle’s functions in temperatures below -40°C, including the charging system, the antifreeze and de-icing system, the mechanical and electrical opening and closure mechanisms, and the display screen and joystick.

“We are confident as we have all the technical and human resources needed for the vehicle to function at its best”, explained Valerio AMADIO, Test Prototype Manager. “So far, we have been able to respond quickly to any issues that have arisen. We are now focusing on details such as correcting and improving Antarctica’s aesthetics and on-board comfort. The next test phase in Canada will enable us to continue in this positive vein.”

* VENTURI is an official manufacturer in the Formula E World Championship and has been involved in the competition since it was founded in 2014, with the VENTURI Formula E Team. For more information, visit www.venturi.com/venturi_formulae_season5/ 


TESTING AND EXPEDITION IN CANADA

During the first week of March, the vehicle will undergo a new phase of tests in the area around Telegraph Creek in British Columbia (Canada), in climatic conditions closer to those that Antarctica will eventually face on a daily basis. A cold snap is expected, which will see temperatures vary between -25° and -35°C, similar to the kinds of range seen in the Antarctic.

In the days that follow, VENTURI will pay a symbolic tribute to the 1934 Bedaux expedition, one of the rallies that marked the pre-war history of the automobile. “Back to Telegraph Creek” is part of the “VENTURI Global Challenges”**, and will see Antarctica drive the 42km leg between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek that Bedaux was unable to complete at the time, owing to the nature of the terrain and the disastrous weather conditions. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Chris HADFIELD, the Canadian astronaut, and Xavier CHEVRIN, President of VENTURI North America, will take turns at the controls of the vehicle on this unique expedition.

** The “VENTURI Global Challenges” are expeditions organised by VENTURI to test its electric vehicles in some of the world’s most extreme conditions and most difficult terrain. All of the challenges are inspired by the most daring automobile expeditions of the last century. They have seen VENTURI set several records and world firsts, cementing the constructor’s position as a leading pioneer in high performance electric vehicles.


CULMINATION IN THE ANTARCTIC

Following the Canadian expedition, the vehicle will be shipped to Antarctica for the culmination of the project entrusted by Prince Albert II of Monaco to Gildo PASTOR, President of VENTURI. During a trip to the Antarctic in 2009, the Sovereign observed that the scientific research stations had no environmentally “clean” vehicles in which to travel and move equipment. Through the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation – which since its creation in 2006 has supported around thirty projects aimed at promoting better knowledge and protection of these regions – VENTURI was tasked with providing the scientists in the Antarctic with a solution allowing them to access their research areas, while avoiding the pollution generated by conventional vehicles. Today, the Monegasque company’s mission is approaching completion.

“I am proud to see that the Antarctica project is progressing on time. The latest tests carried out and those to come mark critical stages of the vehicle’s development. My teams are working flat-out to ensure that the Antarctica functions effectively in the extreme Antarctic conditions. As we approach the final goal, I’m delighted with the scale of the challenge we have set ourselves: Antarctica is a wonderful adventure “Made in Monaco”, a combination of innovation, cutting edge technology, and a contribution to environmental protection and scientific research”. 

Gildo PASTOR, President of VENTURI

“The idea for Antarctica originated from a desire to create a zero-emission futuristic vehicle, something close to a robot or a drone. As this vehicle is being built to be used in the most pristine of environments, I wanted the style of this vehicle to be clean and with a non aggressive aesthetic.
The Antarctica is designed like a modern house – clean lines, light and fresh. The main focus of design is the vehicle’s openness to the environment. Antarctica has four openings – 2 side doors and 2 windows at the front and the rear. The driver sits alone and has a 180° view of the surroundings. As in all VENTURI vehicles, Antarctica provides an exceptional driving experience.
Antarctica is also an extremely functional vehicle in that it is designed to be easy to construct, use and maintain. Along with promising performance in sub-zero temperatures, it is calibrated to allow two vehicles to be transported one behind the other in standardised containers, making Antarctica very easy to transport and user friendly.”

Sacha LAKIC, Antarctica Designer

With Antarctica, VENTURI – holders of the world speed record in the electric category with 576 km/h – begins a new chapter in its history, as it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the spring of 2020.

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