For the second year in a row, while competing against alternative-fuel cars and hybrids, an all-electric Tesla Roadster has won the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally.
Former F1 driver Erik Comas was chosen by Tesla to compete in the 800-km (497-mile) rally against more than 100 competitors. It ended Sunday, and included sprints on the Monaco F1 track. “Thanks to the incredible efficiency of the Roadster, we were able to drive for more than 450 km on Saturday. There is nothing on the road like it,” said Comas. “Next year I will enter five Roadsters owned by my company, Green Car Challenge, into this amazing event.”
According to Myra J. Pasek, Tesla’s director of communications for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, the Palo Alto company’s innovative electric vehicle won out over a variety of technologies. “The Tesla Roadster was competing in efficiency and regularity against other EV’s,” Pasek said, mentioning the Venturi Volage, as well as “full and mild hybrids, bioethanol, CNG’s … ”
The rally’s course followed some of the route used by the historic Monte Carlo Rally, and challenged cars to climb to an elevation of 1230 meters (4035 feet) as they passed over the Col du Corobin. Tesla reports its Roadster was the only electric vehicle that could fully endure the challenging course.
This long-range race win comes as Tesla is suing the BBC after its Top Gear program allegedly faked a video of the Roadster running out of power while competing against a Lotus in 2008. Tesla has also recently said cumulative owner miles of around 1,500 Roadsters have topped the 10 million mark. Tesla said the $109,000-128,500 all electric sports car has an EU-certified range of 212 miles (340km) on a single charge.
A complete list of the contenders can be downloaded at the Monte Carlo Rally’s Web site.