Ventura Motor Cars (VMC)
Origin- Scranton PA
Ventura was founded shortly after the Knox mine disaster, all but killing the once booming coal industry in the Electric city. The need for jobs in the city fueled a nearly Detroit level boom. What made Ventura different from the old American greats was they took notice to one thing the others didn’t; the newly flourishing Japanese car empire. Ventura’s first model, the Aegis, was constructed in an abandoned plant, which 5 years previous had been building mining machinery. The oil crisis didn’t hurt Ventura as greatly as they were prepared, mostly churning out peppy 4 and 6 cylinder engines that sipped fuel in comparison.
The 80s turned Ventura from a favorite in the Northeast to a national favorite among buyers who were unhappy with Fords and Chryslers, but still wanted to buy American. Ventura Embraced turbocharging tech as a means to the future. The 90s put Ventura on the world stage, when Ventura began to beat Honda and Toyota at their own game.
In 1991, VMC launched their V-Sport division, a skunkworks team of engineers that liked going fast. The first V-Sport factory was in an abandoned air hanger in the Avoca Airport. V-Sport would go on to give Godzilla a run for its money, taking a close second in the JTCC.
2000 brought more expansion and growth to Ventura, in particular the establishment of a Hybrid and Electric division, bringing the Electric City back to its former glory.
Today Ventura has vehicles in nearly every segment, from small economy runabouts, to extreme luxury works of art.
Ventura Motor Cars (VMC)
1991 Ventura Andromeda Group C
To commemorate the victory in 1991, Ventura produced 37 Andromeda street cars, costing a cool 1 million each. These cars had some of the Aero and cooling stripped, as well as a detuned engine, but they were street legal race cars. 36 Andromeda streets are in private collections, with the 001 being next to the race cars in the corporate office
Andromeda Group C Calhav #37:
Engine type: DOHC 60 degree V8
aspiration: Twin Turbo
Fuel consumption:14.3 MPG
Automation cost: $99100
Front tire width: 280mm
Rear tire width: 395mm
Top speed:210 mph
0-100kmh: 3.10 sec
It could make for a convincing GT1 car with some changes as a stopgap measure until the Zeus arrived.
The Zeus came out in 93, right when Group C was phased out. V-Sport was well aware the Andromeda was aging by 91 when it won LeMans and them winning convinced the top brass at Ventura to let them build the Zeus. Pictured is the road car version
The Zeus looks every inch the early/mid-90s supercar that it is - and was unsurprisingly a great base for a race car.
The Zeus would go on to win LeMans in 94. Pictured here is the #16 Calhav that was piloted and worked on by a lot of the same people that propelled the #37 Andromeda to the winner’s circle.
Ventura Thanatos Undertaker
The year is 1964. Ventura had been developing an all new sports coupe to slot in above the Aegis. Then the Mustang was announced. Over-night, America was crazed with these new pony cars, and Ventura wanted in. So, Ventura engineers took the existing drivetrain they had been developing and turned it into a pony car. This is the very reason the Thanatos is quite different compared to other pony cars of the time. The Thanatos released in 1966, selling quite maddingly. Those who owned one, loved its European characteristics, but it was a tough sell to a lot of freedom blooded Americans. A facelift released in 1969, bumping displacement to 4L (from 3.6) and hp to 312 (from 280). This facelift model was debuted in the new “Undertaker” trim, which featured racing stripes, a factory hood scoop and duckbill spoiler. The Undertaker trim was actually planned to have a 3.5L turbo V6, but the engine was delayed well into the 70s.
The Undertaker sold better than the original Thanatos, but failed to be a universal hit in many markets. It did, however, sell well into the gas crisis, as its high efficiency engine was able to flourish in a sea of gas guzzlers.
Steel monocoque chassis with steel panels
Mac strut front, semi trailing rear
4043cc 90 deg DOHC 4V full Alu V8
312hp @ 6300RPM
270.1 lb-ft @ 5800RPM
per cylinder fuel injection
4.25 final gear
Top speed: 136.1 mph
2 piston disc/1 piston disc
Manual rack and pinion
Advanced 60s safety
Progressive gas mono-tube
It looks like it was built on one of the Mobula body sets - I’m assuming the mid-sized one (2.52m wheelbase). An all-alloy DOHC 4v V8 is quite unrealistic for a 60s pony car, however, and would have been much more appropriate for something introduced in the 1990s or later.
You are correct on the body. Wanted to have fun with it which is why it doesn’t have traditional pony car features. The engine is actually essentially 2 4 cylinders from a 1964 car I built glued together. Double cams were a thing, just not well loved in America.