Tesal Roadsters participate in the 4th Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally – Click above for high-res gallery

Coinciding with the 2010 Salon EVER, the first event on this year's FIA Alternative Energy Cup calender has wrapped up. The Fourth Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally attracted well over 100 different vehicles of various sorts (but no hydrogen-powered ones) competing in three legs of a "regularity" race that saw them cover 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) over three days culminating in Monaco. The idea was to complete the courses as close to a predetermined time and as efficiently as possible. In the end, the Alfa Roméo Mito 170 driven by Aurélien Meuterlos topped the timing results with a perfect score of zero, having accumulated no penalties and finishing within one minute of the prescribed time. The twin Tesla entries may have finished a little further down the page, but they were tops in other categories and one of them bested last year's performance.

In all, the California company walked away with the overall FIA Cup, the Efficiency Cup and the Electric Vehicles Cup (class IIIA). The two-seater driven by Tesla Australia's general manager, Rudi Tuisk, drove the 390-kilometer (242 mile) off-the-range segment, from Annecy, France to Monaco with 66 km (41 miles) worth of energy left in the pack. While other EVs, including the Venturi Volage and Mitsubishi i MiEV were present for final leg in Monaco, it seems only the Tesla had the range capability necessary to compete in the full rally. Hit the jump for video featuring some more spirited driving on the final day of the event.



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