An electric sports car has completed an epic journey from the outskirts Arctic Circle to the southern most tip of South America.
The British team behind the Racing Green Endurance challenge finished their 26,000km journey yesterday after just 70 days. The 400bhp twin-motor SRZero sportscar is a fully electric car with a driving range of more than 250 miles thanks in part to its recovery of kinetic energy. Capable of a top speed of 124mph and powered by lithium-ion batteries; it can accelerate to 60mph in just seven seconds.
The team behind the race car, from Imperial College London developed the SRZero electric sportscar in collaboration with Radical Sportscars- a partnership which began back in August 2009.
Starting in the most northerly state of the US, Alaska back in July, the team charged their car using geothermal energy to demonstrate the possibilities of CO2-free transport.
Finding places to recharge was one of the major obstacles the team faced as they travelled through 14 countries in 70 days facing a wide range of temperatures and road surfaces. Passing through the US, Mexico, Central America and into South America, the car finally arrived at world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina yesterday afternoon.
“We were received in an absolutely fantastic style as we arrived into the world’s southernmost city, and the whole day from start to finish has been spectacular,” was the simple statement on the team’s blog, from team member and mechanical engineer Alex Schey.