2015 should be an "Electric" year for Hugues Lardy and Samtech Engineering.

Long term partnership with Venturi Automobile which started in 2006 with the homologation of the Venturi Heritage GT3 took a new direction in 2011 when the design and development of Venturi Antarctica started. Hugues Lardy was in charge of the design of the chassis as well as the installations of the battery packs, engines and gearbox in partnership with Venturi's design office. The aim of Venturi through Antarctica is to provide scientists with a vehicle that is allowed to be used in Antarctica's "clean zones" where petrol vehicles are not allowed. Scientists could then extend the range of their research in these areas.

Having achieved the design of the "mechanical elements" early 2014, it was then put in the hands of Venturi's electronics' engineers to design and establish specific commands and softwares. Intensive testings started at the end of 2014, and continued as soon as snow appeared in the mountains in South France.

Switching from slow motion track vehicle to electric racing cars became natural with the involvment of Venturi in the new Formula-E Championship which started in Beijing in September 2014. Since January 2015, Hugues Lardy was appointed as team-manager for the Venturi Formula-E Team until the end of Formula-E season 1.

Due to this new challenge, combustion racing activity had to be reduced to being race-engineer in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours with JMW Motorsports running their Ferrari F458 LMGTE, before more races were on the timetable with Kessel Racing, including podium finishes in the Blancpain Endurance Series AM categories at the Spa 24h and in Nürburgring before finishing the season on a high with an outright in AbuDhabi's Gulf 12 Hours.
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