2011 Tesla Roadster Race Car

At this year’s Race Of Champions, Tesla wanted to prove that electric cars could race too, so they brought a racing version of their famous electric Roadster. Not much was done to the car in preparation for the race because, well, the Tesla can already make it to 60mph in less than four seconds and has a top speed of 125mph. All Tesla needed to do was prepare the interior for a safe and proper race.

The Tesla Roadster racing version received a rollcage, special signalized tow elements, and an electric circuit kill switch, while the driver and passenger seats were stripped out. A new driver’s seat made of carbon fiber was added to complete the interior.

"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," said IMP President Fredrik Johnsson.

Piloting one of the first ever electric vehicles to race in the Race of Champions was Formula 1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

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.

Tesla Roadster Race Car

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. Sin Sin ce 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.

Tesla Roadster Race Car

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.”


9 comments:

Electric vehicle is really so unreliable, especially with a race car like this. It will only give a hassle time on it. However, when it comes into looks, I can say that it is truly an attractive one.

Hopefully, they can achieve what they really want. To prove to people that they can win a race with their electric cars. Well, I am impressed with the performance it delivers. I think they can get what they want now.

I really, don’t get on why they keep on insisting a production for electric cars since everyone knows on how unreliable is this concept! I rather drive a bubble car than this!

I don’t know if I’m going to laugh to this car! What the heck, electric car for racing?hmm. I totally agree to the Top Gear when they say that this production is just a pointless and useless creation!

I’m going to have a seizure just looking at it... and I thought only Japanese animes could give me one.

Negotiate the price to buy it? He would have to pay me to drive it. I would rather drive one of those Red Bull cars with the big can on the roof.

What?? A sports car driver isn’t going to care when their almost $200k car can be outrun by a v6 toyota camry to 60mph when they put it in range mode? This is possibly the most biased review I have ever written. Get over that it’s electric, compare it as a car. In that respect, it’s OK, but poor for the price.

Tesla is back power to the people. Li batteries are the only real viable power source right now, although fuel cells are close.

many like this race car, its engine is very silent and at the same time less vibrations, these two factor is a big help to give some more concentration on the race driver.

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