Electric Vehicles driving in the snow in Andorra
3 APR 2018  Maggie Barry

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Eco Grand Prix Andorra


Watch these nutty EV drivers really putting their cars through their paces
in Andorra as they enter the eco Grand Prix series. If you thought the Beast
from the East was bad, take a look at these conditions.

JUST when you thought driving an electric car was the sad automotive end of
your driving dreams along comes Rafael de Mestre with his eco Grand Prix

This year’s first event in Andorra as you can see brought its own set of
demands as icy conditions and blizzards strafed the track.

Shivering drivers kept their cars going in atrocious conditions over five
hours with as many driver changes and charging stops as necessary.

The idea behind the competition is that EVs can be the basis of a “thrilling
competitive race series which also encourages people to think about buying
EVs”. The winner is the team that completes the most laps within the time.

Rafael de Mestre said “A lot of petrol-heads are commenting there will be no
fun anymore if EVs take over. We at eco GP are showing that this is a
thrilling competitive race series which also encourages people to think
about buying EVs Also we want to show that EVs can stand up to the toughest
tests in harsh conditions.”

De Mestre holds the record for being the fastest person around the world in
an EV and his basic rules for competitors are unlimited driver changes,
unlimited charge stops, all cars start with the same amount of KW, 32A three
phase for all competing cars and the driver that completes the most laps in
five hours wins.

To encourage those people without EVs to try their hands de Mestre also
allows test driving EVs i n extreme conditions, renting an EV to take part
in the eco GP and he holds a separate remote-control race for children where
they will run into the same challenges like their parents but it will take
place indoors.

As part of the eco GP series there will be a number of other events which
include wind, heat and arid environment, on September 15 in Calafat,
Catalonia, Spain and hill climbing and rain,on November 1 and 2 at Bilster
Berg, Bad Driburg, Germany.

The Teslas emerged victorious in Andorra taking three of the top six spots
including the number one position with the Hyundai Ioniq at number two and
BMW’s i3 taking fifth place followed by the VW e-Golf in sixth place.

Winners on the day were first Alan Fuertes of Madrid in Spain in a Tesla who
completed 62 laps in five hours, second Pere Soria from Terrassa in Spain
who managed 57 laps in his Hyundai Ioniq and third Peter and Michael Walser
from Zürich in Switzerland who also completed 57 laps in a Tesla.

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