Tesla Roadster Wins 5th Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

by , 04/06/11

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For the second year in a row, electric vehicle-maker Tesla has bested all competitors in the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally, throwing more doubt on Top Gear’s claims of low range for its electric roadster. Former F1 driver Eric Comas drove the Arctic White Roadster to victory, also driving the car more than 800 km to win the Electric Vehicle Cup. Read on to learn what it takes to win this grueling race.

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The Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally follows some of the historic roads of the original Monte Carlo rally and passes over the Col du Corobin, a 1,230-meter pass that offers alternative energy vehicles the chance to prove they have stamina. The Tesla Roadster has a range of 212 miles, or 340 kilometers, but the car managed to pull out an extra 110 kilometers to win this race.

“Thanks to the incredible efficiency of the Roadster, on Saturday we were able to drive for more than 450 km. There is nothing on the road like it,” said Comas.

+ Tesla

Via PR Newswire

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  1. tahrey April 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    So for how much of the trip were they going at it hammer and tongs track-style, rather than travelling at the lower end of typical cruising speeds? I have a feeling this was more of the mediterranean-style time trial (= try to get as close to a particular average speed as possible, not slower OR faster) “rally” than an all-out speed challenge. And given some of the vehicles the Tesla would have gone up against, those average speeds might have been quite low, certainly far lower than the car would be capable of even sticking to all applicable speed limits. There’s a Smart EV in there for heaven’s sake, and something that at least superficially looks like a Th!nk City – the latter is rated for a top speed somewhere around 60-65mph on the flat depending on which literature you believe… and they’re in a zone where the motorway speed limits are 68~81mph and the mountain roads a good 56mph.

    (or maybe I stand corrected – they have to cover some 560km in 9 hours, achieving an average of at least 63km/h, or roughly 40mph. Still, that’s only the kind of “touring speed” that a mid-vintage Citroen 2CV could attain, though I presume not on mountain roads. It might require fairly hard driving to keep that up, but you’d get a lot of it back from regenerative braking if you were careful, rather than hammering the brakes track-style, and wouldn’t ever be reaching properly high speeds)

    After all… my petrol car’s economy can go over 60mpg if I drift along very slowly, never exceeding in-town speeds on the open road; if I really cane it track-style, that dips into the low 20s, or even momentarily lower. Constant-speed running almost invariably raises it again though, unless I’m hitting 3 figures mph… It’s entirely conceivable that with severe use (e.g. regeneration being practically nil) you could burn up the battery pack in 50 miles on a track, but stretch it out to some 350 miles on a rally like this, so long as you took care to average *just* over 40mph, and to regenerate as much as possible of the energy spent in acceleration or hillclimbing (that used to actually cover ground is lost, of course).

  2. lazyreader April 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Tesla, I’m glad you brought it up.


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