The Vauxhall/Opel Ampera is on a winning streak as it got an award at 13th International Monte Carlo Rally for electric and alternative propulsion cars after having been recently given the award for “Car of the Year 2012.” There were four Amperas named in this list of top 10 vehicles. The French duo Bernard Darniche and Joseph Lambert were able to beat the whole competitive field.
Last Sunday during the last day of this race, this electric vehicle got to the finish line in the capital of the Côte d’Azur principality. There were about 130 participants from about 30 manufacturers, including seven Amperas and one private Ampera team. The rest of the contenders included a Renault Fluence Z.E., a Tesla Roadster sports car, a Mitsubishi I-MiEV and a Peugeot Ion.
Aside from being the overall winner, the Ampera teams also did well. Coming in at No. 3 are Charlotte Berton and Olivier Sussot. Seventh place went to Jean-Claude Andruet and Patrick Lienne while Hanns Werner Wirth and Daniel Riesen finished 8th.
Vauxhall/Opel’s Director E-mobility, Enno Fuchs, said that the fact that the Ampera has triumphed in this versatility contest under difficult conditions demonstrates its excellent balance between durability and fuel efficiency.
He added that this emphasizes its leadership role in the field of alternative propulsion. The rally began in the three towns of Annecy-le-Vieux, Clermont Ferrand and Lugano for 550 kilometres through Digne-les-Bains, the capital of the French district (département) Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to Monaco.
The teams had to drive of 272 kilometres on the second day, making them go past Monaco and the original route of the Monte Carlo Rally through the French Maritime Alps. Regularity tests were conducted on the teams who had to show off their driving skills by pushing their cars to the limit.