Citroen Survolt Concept to make on-track appearance at the Le Mans Classic

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Mark your calendars for July 10 when the Survolt Concept will appear for the very first time on the track at the Le Mans Classic. The Survolt is of course, Citroen's all-electric racing car concept, which will have racing driver Vanina Ickx steering it at the track.

What makes this appearance news-worthy is that it is very rare in the racing world for a car to be equipped with a full electric drivetrain that enables the model to combine dynamic, sporting performance with consideration for the environment.

The Survolt is specially developed with compact dimensions (3.85m long, 1.87m wide, 1.2m high). Its features include a tubular chassis, a flat underside with an extractor and full carbon bodywork.

The Survolt is powered by two electric motors that boast a combined power of 300bhp from 0 to 5,000rpm. The Survolt's lightweight frame (1.15 tons) contributes to an exceptional performance, which enables the car to accelerate from zero to 62mph in under five seconds and reach a top speed of 260kph (162mph).

Each of Survolt's twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries has a 31kw capacity and a capacity to run for 200km (124 miles). With a specific power supply, recharging can be completed in only two hours. But with a standard 220 volt network, the Survolt can be recharged in 10 hours. Survolt's debut on the track will be at the Le Mans circuit on July 10 at 1:30pm.

Press Release

CITROEN SURVOLT MAKES ITS TRACK DEBUT AT THE LE MANS CLASSIC

Citroën’s stunning all-electric racing car concept, Survolt, will come to life on 10th July when it makes its first ever on-track appearance at the Le Mans Classic - piloted by experienced female racing driver Vanina Ickx.

Extremely rare in the world of racing, Survolt’s full electric drivetrain allows the model to combine dynamic, sporting performance with environmental consideration. Specially developed with compact dimensions (3.85m long, 1.87m wide, 1.2m high), Survolt features a tubular chassis, a flat underside with an extractor and full carbon bodywork, which all combines to make it a genuine electric racing car.

Propelled by two electric motors with a combined power of 300bhp from 0 to 5,000rpm, Survolt’s lightweight frame (1.15 tonnes) is capable of exceptional performance, with a top speed of 260kph (162mph) and a 0-100kph (0-62mph) time of under five seconds.

Survolt’s twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries each boast a 31kw capacity and can cover 200km (124 miles). Survolt can be re-charged in just two hours with a specific power supply, or in 10 hours on the standard 220 volt network.

Citroën is inviting all automotive enthusiasts to visit the Le Mans circuit on Saturday 10th July, at 1.30pm, to watch Survolt’s track debut.

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