Seulement 73 Venturi 400 Trophy furent produites et certaines finiront par être immatriculées tant elles sont proches des 15 Venturi 400 GT produites à l’usine. L’intérêt pour la marque Venturi ne cesse de croitre auprès des collectionneurs... et cela se comprend! Le lancement en 2014 de nouvelles séries de courses et d’épreuves sportives telles que le GT Classic ou le 90’s GT Legends (Paul Ricard, Silverstone Classic et Algarve Classic Festival) ou encore Sport & Collection n’y sont pas pour rien. A l’instart du BPR lancé début 1990 par le trio Bart, Peter, Ratel, les voitures de cette époque sont maintenant accueillies sur des épreuves de premiers ordres. L’ouverture du Mans Classic au Group C cette année en est le meilleur exemple! Rare et en superbe état, elle représente un superbe investissement…
Eight years after the launching of the Venturi marque, the company presented the 400 Trophy, destined to compete in the Gentlemen Drivers Trophy, a championship organized specifically around this car by Stéphane Ratel, at that time Director of Venturi’s racing department. Designed by Gérard Godfroy and Claude Poiraud, the two founders of the company, this model has the aggressive look that is appropriate for racing cars. Its mechanical specification included a 3 litre V6 bi-turbo engine with an output of over 400 bhp, developed by E.I.A, a reinforced chassis, revised running-gear and, above all, all-carbon braking, produced by Carbone Industrie. The championship was a success and already in its first year, 6 races were scheduled, Le Mans, Pau, Paul Ricard, Nürburgring, Magny-Cours and Dijon. There were so many entrants that it was necessary to split them into two groups. The car that we have on offer, chassis n° 0051, competed in the Gentlemen Drivers Trophy in 1992,1993 and 1994 and then in 1995 took part in the Philippe Charriol Supersports Trophy, driven by the Belgian, Eric de Doncker, who finished fifth in the Group C category in the 1993 season.. It was initially painted in the blue livery of its sponsor, ATP, with the Belgian flag emblazoned on the roof, but its paint-scheme evolved in the course of the seasons to become light grey with a blue stripe. Whether at Spa-Francorchamps, Nogaro, Paul Ricard, Pau, Dijon, Magny-Cours or in the race preceding the Le Mans 24 Hour race, the châssis n°0051 was always towards the front of the fray and showed itself to be very competitive. From 1996 onwards, the car continued to be used in private sessions on race tracks and was then sold in Belgium after being comprehensively overhauled by Alvan Engineering, a specialist in Venturis. In early 2000, the car was seen in several races in the Belcar series, before joining the private collection of a French enthusiast, who was nostalgic and wanted to give new life to a part of the fabulous Venturi adventure. During 2015 and 2016, this car underwent a total restoration, which included a lot of work on the body and the replacement of the following : windscreen, turbos, front and rear lights, Lexan windows, headlight glass, fuel boost pump and high pressure fuel pump. The engine was overhauled and the shock absorbers reconditioned. Several modifications were made to the original specification : reinforced hub-carriers, suspension wishbones and drivetrain, Unibal suspension ball-joints, oil pump, oil temperature gauge and gearbox oil radiator separated.