Here at Perrys, we’re advocates of four wheels over two, but when it comes to the latest race at Thruxton race circuit, we’re willing to make an exception.
That’s because for the first time, the Citroen Survolt electric racing car was up against a motorbike. It wasn’t just any motorbike, however. It was in fact a all-electric Agni Z2.
This means it was a race between two of the most modern and exciting electric vehicles to be introduced to use this year.
Below is the video of the race, featuring Le Mans and Touring Car driver Vanina Ickx and the fastest woman around the Isle of Mann TT course, Jenny Tinmouth.
Ok, so it was more of a PR exercise than an actual race, but it was intriguing nonetheless. The Citroen Survolt electric car, complete with 300bhp electric motors looked composed – and more importantly quick – around the track and the racers seemed to enjoy the experience.
Vanina Ickx commented; "This was a fantastic experience – the first electric duel of its type. The lack of engine noise made it a very interesting challenge.
"Normally you have an idea where your opponent is by their sound, but with electric vehicles it’s so much quieter – a new racing dynamic. I had a lot of fun and I’m thrilled to have been part of this unique track event.”
With the launch of the DS3 and DS4 this year, and a string of concept cars led by the GTbyCitroen and the Survolt, the French manufacturer is making huge strides in terms of desirability.
The range of new cars are the perfect example of style and desirability without the premium normally associated with these attributes, and the Survolt hints at an electric future for sporty, fast race-track inspired models in the Citroen range.
Personally, we can’t wait.