With all the introductions of next-generation electric cars at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, it’s safe to say that they’re becoming the vehicles of the future. Whether or not electric cars and/or hybrids will fully replace what we’ve known to love over the last decades, we won’t know for a while, but it’s nice to see that many sanctioning bodies of motorsports are already accepting electric cars and hybrids.
Tesla, known for their high-end stylish electric car, recently took their roadster race cars out to the 2010 Race of Champions to show off what modified electric cars can do. This particular race cars can hit 62 mph in under 4 seconds and has a top speed of 125 mph.
Driven by Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost, the Tesla Roadster race cars made quite the noise (despite being so quiet themselves) out at ROC. It’s simply fascinating to see how these vehicles will pave the way for the future with performance and zero emissions bundled into one nifty package.
GALLERY: Tesla Roadster Race Cars
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Ever the pioneer of innovative concepts in motorsport, The Race of Champions took a step into a green future with several demonstration runs featuring the electric-powered cars on the unique parallel track at the ESPRIT arena.
The drivers due to compete in today’s ROC Nations Cup and Sunday’s Race of Champions took turns behind the wheel – including Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.
The Tesla Roadster is the world’s only zero-emission supercar – the only car that embodies the once-conflicting ideals of performance and efficiency. The Roadster accelerates from 0- 100 km/h in under four seconds and has an electronically limited top-line speed of 201 km/h , yet it can be fully or partially recharged by renewable energy, including solar or wind power.
Based in California’s Silicon Valley , Tesla Motors has won critical acclaim from some of the world’s most renowned motoring enthusiasts. Since 2008 Tesla has delivered nearly 1,400 Roadsters to customers in at least 30 countries, including professional drivers who have raced their Roadsters on some of the world’s toughest circuits. But The Race of Champions marks Tesla’s biggest and most important entry into the world of motorsport.
The Race of Champions has been staged every year since 1988, founded by IMP President Fredrik Johnsson and Michèle Mouton, the world’s most successful female rally driver. The competition pits the greats of motorsport head-to-head on a parallel track in identical machinery.
Johnsson said: “I’m lucky to have had a ride in the Tesla Roadster and I was really impressed. It’s silent but blindingly quick! I’m proud that The Race of Champions is leading the way in promoting green technologies in motorsport and it was fantastic to see – but not hear – such great drivers pushing the Tesla hard around this track.”