During the world’s cleanest race of all time, two electric racing machines went head to head in the battle of Thruxton circuit for the electrics duel! Representing the car world the awesome Citroen Survolt, and from the world of superbikes the Agni Z2. Not sure why, but they thought it’s nicer if they use female drivers, so they put Vanina Ickx in the Citroen and Jenny Tinmouth on the bike.
Vanina Ickx is a Le Mans Series and Touring Car racing driver and daughter of Formula One driver, and Jenny Tinmouth is the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT course and championship leader in the 2010 TTXGP.
We are more fond of the Survolt, with its compact dimensions and light-weight frame (1.15 tonnes), tubular chassis, flat underside with extractor and full carbon bodywork, and indeed the 300bhp electric powertrain consisting of two motors. Survolt is capable of exceptional performance with a top speed of 260kph (162mph) and a 0-100kph (0-62mph) time of under five seconds. The concept’s twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries each boast a 31kw capacity and can cover 200km (124 miles).
The bike is good too, it weighs 220 kg and is powered by 80 battery packs delivering 65 bhp, 0-60mph time of around 3.5seconds with a top speed of just over 130mph.
Here’s a video of the race:
Vanina Ickx commented; “This was a fantastic experience – the first electric duel of its type. The lack of engine noise made it a very interesting challenge. Normally you have an idea where your opponent is by their sound, but with electric vehicles it’s so much quieter – a new racing dynamic. I had a lot of fun and I’m thrilled to have been part of this unique track event.”