• Mar 25, 2011
2011 Chevrolet Volt at Mazda Raceway - Click above to watch video after the jump

There are plenty of adjectives in the English language we could use to accurately describe the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Innovative, clever and efficient all readily leap to mind, but sporty doesn't quite make the top of the list. That didn't stop the crew from TheFutureIsElectric.com from taking the new wonder child from General Motors to Laguna Seca for a couple of quasi-quick laps around the world-famous track. Fortunately for all of us buzzing around the Internets, the crew captured the whole shebang via the glory of high-definition video.

With nothing but the sound of some wind buffeting and the tortured screams of the low-rolling resistance Goodyear Assurance tires, the Volt is more or less capable of keeping pace on the hallowed tarmac. It's far from able to match speed with hardware from Porsche or Lotus, but we're guessing that's beyond the point all together. Hit the jump to see the action for yourself.

[Source: TheFutureIsElectric.com]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I was fully expecting the range extender engine to kick in, but apparently there were 5 miles left.

      Does show the battery works fairly well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting...
        • 3 Years Ago
        It'd be more interesting if we were given lap times as stock, and then with a suspension calibration on track rubber.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the Volt is more or less capable of keeping pace on the hallowed tarmac"
      less capable is the key terms. Low friction tires mean less grip. No reason a volt should ever be placed on a racetrack. Who is excited for prii track days.... yeah no one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If Volts were piling up on the showroom floor, test driving them back-to-back might be an option.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Volt isn't a Prius. Just drive both. There's a big difference.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oooh, nice GS in the background
      • 3 Years Ago
      Almost put me into sleep.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put some better tires on it and THEN see what it can do.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        it's not about the tires. the Volt is a docile car. not terrible competently engineered nor aggressively.
        electric drive can be plenty fast. the Volt is overweight.

        I did notice though that the porsche and lotus didn't move that much quicker which is kinda pathetic.
        hopefully we will soon get some electric car models that can show what EVs really can.
        even much quicker than the wrigthspeed X1
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAujp0k8yrg
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly. Given superstreet summers and a suspension tweak, I wonder how the car would do.
      • 3 Years Ago
      hey Im all for an electric leauge, it didnt do horrible. I think with some tuners on hand and proper suspension/rubber it could perform better, sure. I still dont understand why they dont run electric cars at nascar, just a 20 lap preshow. Hey if you dont wanna watch fine, you wont even hear them. If they really want to make an impact, I think racing is where it needs to start, and development would speed up, its the nature of racing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, that wasn't bad at all for a car that isn't designed be a performance car. It seems it was relatively level and handled okay all in all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All things considered, I think it did pretty dang well! Slick car with slick engineering and a far better choice than a Leaf.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very uninspiring. A Golf GTI (and many others) would do much better, and cheaper overall.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Driving nice and sporty on the street and working well on the track are two very different things. The GTI is not a competent track car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, because that's why you buy a Volt, for track days. I just found the premise of the video interesting. *shrugs*
        • 3 Years Ago
        @spin cycle: for the same tuning & development effort, I'd rather start with an AWD or RWD platform.
        • 3 Years Ago
        To those who bash a GTI... go drive one. Heck! drive a base Golf. I would take one over a Volt any day.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting...

      I wonder if they were just limited to three laps, or they decided to come in when the battery was nearly done. I'd liked to have seen what it'd do with the range-extender kicked in.

      OTOH - that wind buffeting got really annoying. Halfway through, I thought that when the one guy told his buddy to put the other windows down that it would go away - but it didn't.
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