Venturi has launched a program named Venturi Next Gen designed to help take young drivers to the top ranks of electric motorsport.
The Monegasque electric car maker and owner of the Venturi ABB FIA Formula E Championship team has selected eight drivers from karting, open-wheel racing and e-sports to take part in the academy.
“We want to help those with talent but who haven’t always had the means to get started,” said Gildo Pastor, President of Venturi.
“We have often given youth a chance in the past. For example, the Venturi Formula E team development driver, Michael Benyahia, is just 17.
“For me, it was the logical next step to continue betting on youth by creating Venturi Next Gen.
“We want to build bridges between e-sports and reality, as I’m convinced there are budding talents among gamers.”
The drivers selected include open-wheel pilots Pierre-Louis Chovet, Arthur Leclerc and Dorian Boccolacci as well as e-sport champions Maxime Pain, Kevin Leaune and Gaetan Goarant.
Two young drivers from international karting are also involved, including nine-year-old Louis Iglesias and 14-year-old Benjamin Cartery.
“I’m learning a lot with Venturi Next Gen, physically and mentally,” commented French F4 Championship regular Arthur Leclerc.
“I train in the simulator, I’m learning to work with the engineers, and simulating Formula E race weekends. I also watch [Venturi Formula E drivers] Edoardo [Mortara] and Maro [Engel] at work.”
The program is based in Venturi’s center in Monaco and drivers divide their time between the team’s Formula E simulator and a physical and mental training camp.
They also learn about the technical aspects of the electric single-seater championship and electric automotive technology in general.
Students will eventually have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Formula E car.