Vauxhall reveals stunning Ampera rally car

Decked out in stunning rallying livery, the car looks every inch a race-ready car but under the bonnet it houses a surprising powertrain.

The car can run on electric power only for 50 miles before a 1.4-litre petrol engine kicks in, powering the battery on the move and extending the range to over 340 miles.

The rally car, based on the five-door family hatchback of the same name, will not take its place amongst the turbocharged rally cars of the main event, instead it will compete in what it described as the ‘alternative Monte Carlo rally’.

The rally will feature six Vauxhall Ampera cars amongst other green cars to find the car that uses the least energy over the course of the rally.

Only vehicles that emit less than 115g/km of CO2 emissions are allowed to enter the rally, which will be the first time the ‘Alternative Energy’ version takes place.

The new Vauxhall Ampera is currently available to order in the UK from £32,000. The price applies to the mid-range Positiv trim level, but a lower-priced Vauxhall Ampera will go on sale from £29,000 later in the year.

Vauxhall Ampera drivers will benefit from CO2 emissions of 40g/km – enough to easily qualify for zero road tax in the UK and exemption from the London congestion charge.

If the petrol engine is used for longer journeys, fuel economy is an impressive 175mpg, one of the highest of any non-petrol car in the UK.

The first Vauxhall Ampera deliveries will take place in May in the UK from Vauxhall dealerships.