Citroen’s Survolt charges around the Le Mans circuit

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The stunning Citroën Survolt racing car concept made its first all-electric laps of the legendary Le Mans Circuit last weekend, at the Le Mans Classic.

With its 100% battery-powered drivetrain – which remains extremely rare in the world of racing – Survolt charged around the course, followed closely by the stunning GTbyCITROËN concept and a parade of stylish DS3 models.

Piloting the radical concept was experienced female racing driver, Vanina Ickx, who commented:

“I am very proud to have participated in this unique project. On the track it felt really good. It’s a real race car, with a very promising potential for the future.”

Survolt’s two electric motors provide up to 300bhp, a top speed of 162mph (260 km/h) and a 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) time of less than five seconds. The twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries can cover 124 miles (200 km) and can be re-charged in just two hours with a specific power supply, or in 10 hours on the standard 220 Volt network.

The Survolt concept is an exploration by Citroën into the potential of new racing technologies, whilst showcasing a distinctive and stylish body design.

Source: Citroen (press release/media site)