Vauxhall Ampera dominates Monte Carlo

Vauxhall’s new E-REV, the Ampera, has come out on top in the latest Monte Carlo Rally by claiming four places with the top ten winners, including first place.

Seven Ampera models took part in the rally and were amongst 130 different competitors from around 30 different manufacturers, with competition including the Peugeot iOn and the Renault Fluence Z.E.

The rally was a two-day, 822 kilometres race that primarily measured fuel consumption, which is where the Ampera stood out above its competitors.

Vauxhall/Opel’s Director E-mobility, Enno Fuchs, said; “The Ampera’s success in this versatility contest under very challenging conditions proves its impressive balance between durability and fuel efficiency. This underscores our leadership role in the field of alternative propulsion.”

The Ampera uses a 16kWh lithium ion battery that powers an 111kW/150hp electric motor. The battery can travel up o 50 miles on electric power alone and when it runs out of charge a 1.4-litre petrol engine kicks in, allowing it to travel up to 340 miles.

The powertrain is also an E-REV, which means it can’t be left stranded like a normal electric car. It achieves a top speed of 100mph and can reach 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds.

The crew that won the rally, Joseph Lambert and Bernhard Darniche, said: “The sophisticated technology of the Ampera was always reliable and enabled our tremendous success,”

The new Vauxhall Ampera is set to go on sale 1 May 2012 from £29,995 and orders are open now.

Vauxhall vehicles are available from Perrys Vauxhall of Aylesbury, Vauxhall of Colne and Vauxhall of Doncaster dealerships.