June 25, 2005 A non-official rally of around fifty environmentally friendly vehicles has symbolically linked the place where the Kyoto Protocol had been signed to the 2005 Aichi World Expo dedicated this year to environmental issues. Edouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin Group, took the start driving a Venturi Fetish. The Venturi Fetish is the first electric supercar and car driven in Japan was number 16 from the production line in Monte Carlo. The car then had a number of high profile drivers take the wheel: Masanori Sekiya, the first Japanese driver to win the Le Mans race in 1995, then took the steering wheel, followed by Gildo Pallanca-Pastor, the CEO of Venturi Automobiles. The Venturi Fétish was honoured to be the first car to enter Aichi Expo.
Thanks to a superior range of 350 km, the Venturi Fétish was the only car that did not need to recharge along the 180 km route. Considered by Mister Edouard Michelin as "pure adrenalin", the Venturi Fétish has demonstrated, together with other big car manufacturers such as Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and BMW, its technological expertise and its company ability to innovate.
More than 140 international journalists covered the event, giving the Monegasque entrepreneur the opportunity to present his car in Asia for the first time.
The presentation of the Venturi Fétish to the Japanese market has also been welcomed by a private audience with the Governor of Kyoto and by the participation of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado; both of them expressed their wish to test drive this new age vehicle.
This rally was the occasion for Gildo to confirm the beginning of the Fétish production phase for 2006, and to announce the presentation of a very innovative urban vehicle at the 2006 Paris Auto Show.