YouTues: Electric car racing… on snow!

Is the Electric Andros Trophy the most fun you can have on four wheels?

By Will Dron on December 27, 2011 11:12 AM

Here’s one for anyone worried about driving electric cars in snow and, indeed, for those thinking EVs aren’t suitable for racing – presenting the quite brilliant Electric Andros Trophy.

For the uninitiated, the Andros Trophy is an Ice Racing series that started way back in 1990 and has enjoyed a healthy following ever since, particularly as it’s a favourite event of famous race and rally stars in which to have a bit of winter fun. The most successful repeat participant has been touring car star Yvan Muller, but the likes of Formula 1 drivers Alain Prost, Olivier Panis and Jacques Villeneuve have all also taken part.

And since 2010, an electric class has been part of the party. Check out this video of race action from the 2012 season earlier this month involving a few familiar names. Motorsport fans may recognise the name Loïc Duval as well as a line-up of famous racers’ offspring – Tambay, Prost and Laffite, for example. Competition is tight, fast and furious – stunning stuff.

Once you’ve watched the action, scroll down for some details about the car:

The purpose-built ‘Andros Car 03 – Evo 2’ built by Exagon Engineering is rear-wheel drive and utilises a 120hp Siemens electric motor with 200Nm of torque. Top speed is 100mph and at just 800kg total weight, it doesn’t take long to reach it. Power is stored in a SAFT lithium ion battery pack allowing 35 mins of flat out racing.

Which just leaves one question… when can we have a go?!