Tesla Wins 5th Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally
For the seconds consecutive year Tesla Roadster beats all the other electric, hybrids and bio-fueled cars from all around world to become the champion of Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally for green cars.
The winning Artic White Roadster not only beat more than 100 competitors it also scored a definitive victory in the Electric Vehicles Cup. The car was driven by former F1 driver Erik Comas who covered more than 800 km, from Annecy, Valence, and included sprints on the Monaco F1 track.
Tesla is currently in the middle of a legal battle with Top Gear over a film they made three years ago in which they claimed Tesla Roadster is not capable of what the company claims and that it’s not built properly and brakes down all the time! They are also preparing for the launch of Tesla S sedan. So events like this are actually a break from the hassle of everyday business.
“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. “Next year I will enter 5 Roadsters owned by my company Green Car Challenge into this amazing event.”
The rally passed over the Col du Corobin at a height of 1230 meters, following some of the same roads as the historic the Monte Carlo Rally.
The victory comes days after Tesla announced that Roadster owners have travelled over 10 million electric miles (16 million kilometers) around the world.The Tesla Roadster has once again proven to be the only electric car capable of participating in such hard competitions, always traveling at high performance in all conditions.
The car has an EU-certified range of 212 miles or 340 kms on a single charge. In October 2009, the Roadster set a world record when owner Simon Hackett drove the entire 313-mile or 504-km segment of Australia’s annual Global Green Challenge on one charge.
The Roadster can be plugged into conventional outlets throughout the world, including 120 and 240volt systems in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. No special equipment is needed for charging: if you have an outlet that charges a cell phone or a hair dryer, you can plug in your Roadster.
About Green Car Challenge
Erik Comas and his company Green Car Challenges have a fleet of five Tesla Roadsters available for rent to those who wish to organize eco-friendly and fun events for their customers and employees. Mixing regularity rallyes on open roads and the discovery of beautiful countryside in Switzerland, France and Germany among other countries, experience incredible driving with this former F1 pilot who now masters this electric supercar like nobody else.
Tesla’s goal is to produce a full range of electric cars, from premium sports cars to mass-market vehicles – relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicles. It is currently the only automaker in the United States that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,500 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions.