Video: In a world first, an electric car took on an electric superbike at the Thruxton track
Citroën’s Survolt concept went head-to-head with a Mavizen TTX02 bike at Thruxton in the UK last week.
Two female racers took the helm – TTX GP champ Jenny Tinmouth was on two wheels, and Le Mans driver Vanina Ickx on four.
Ickx said: “This was a fantastic experience. 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.”
The TTX02 was the world’s first production electric superbike and weighs 220kg. It’s powered by 80 battery packs and makes 68hp. It offers a 0-100kph time of around 3.5seconds with a top speed of just over 209kph.
The Survolt features full carbon bodywork and weighs 1.15 tonnes. It has a tubular chassis and flat underside with extractor. and is powered by two electric motors with a combined power of 300hp. Top speed is 261kph and it makes 0-100kph in under five seconds.
Who came out on top? It was just a friendly; the special event was set up to promote the advances that Citroën and Mavizen are making in the electric arena. But the video is still interesting to watch...