Electric Citroen Survolt in track debut

The 300bhp race car lapped the track during the Le Mans Classic completely powered by electric technology. Power was provided by the twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries delivering up to 300bhp of CO2-free driving.

The lightweight frame weighs just 1.15 tonnes, allowing the model to reach a top speed of 162mph and a 0-62mph sprint time of less than five seconds. The Survolt heralds the first attempt from the manufacturer to produce a track-ready race car powered purely by electric energy.

The Survolt concept can travel 124 miles between charges and can be fully charged in ten hours through a standard 220 Volt charger or two hours with a fast-charging system.

Driven by experienced female racing driver Vanina Ickx, the Survolt was given a guard of honour by a number of customised DS3 superminis, Citroen’s first model in the revised premium DS line.

Ickx said: "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."

The Survolt concept was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in March and was influenced by the earlier Revolte concept. The Survolt features sculptured flanks and traditional racing car features such as a tubular chassis, an extractor and full carbon bodywork.

The two-seat concept is expected to influence further Citroen coupes and low-CO2 technology.