Ah, those Jules Verne fanatics, you'll find them everywhere. One Tesla Roadster owner last month set upon his own tribute to the author by starting his attempt to drive around the world in – yes – 80 days. Even better, it's now a race to be the first world round trip driver with a standard EV (that "standard" is important, since the Solar Taxi has already made the trip back in 2007-2008, a journey that took 17 months.

Back in September 2011, Tesla Roadster driver Rafael de Mestre announced his plan to be the first person to do the standard EV circumnavigation with his Model S once it was delivered. Trouble is, in February 2012, two French engineers set off from France in February in a Citroen C-Zero EV (the Mitsubishi i's sister vehicle) with the same goal, naming their journey the Electric Odyssey. That trip was to last a little longer than de Mestre's – eight months – and span about 15,000 miles, in part because the Citroen has a far shorter single-charge range than the Tesla. de Mestre didn't want someone else to steal his thunder, so he headed out in his Roadster in May and is now trying to catch the C-Zero team.

Rafael de Mestre left Barcelona on presumably a full charge on May 11 and started heading west. As of today, his car is on a ship somewhere west of Los Angeles, according to his website, and had put about 3,700 miles on the Roadster. The car is now being shipped to China, where he is to continue his journey for another five weeks or so. Will he make it back to Europe before the Frenchmen? Stay tuned. Bur first, check out an incredibly cinematic teaser video of the race below.



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      Ryan
      • 17 Hours Ago
      If we complete the bridge between Russia and Alaska across the Bering Straight, and the roads in Western Russia were drivable in a roadster, you might be able to get away with one less boat trip. But, it seems like a pretty cool trip, especially since they aren't using any gas. I'll be up for a world round Cannonball Run in a few years...
      Rick
      • 17 Hours Ago
      Mmmmm why can't Chevy sell nice Bel Airs which come with bags of character oozes that personality big time in the UK instead of boring dull Matiz and Aveo's nobody is buying in the UK. Put a nice modern diesel in a Bel Air that could return 65-70 MPG with all the mod cons like air cons or even a EV version. What a great car that would be to travel the world in. Thats it l am off to Cuba for my next vacation.
      steve
      • 17 Hours Ago
      I do not know how many time I driven my tesla around the world want to try something diffierent like to take my tesla to the moon.
      Tony Kalniev
      • 17 Hours Ago
      why didnt you guys just wait for the model s... its more efficient and more comfortable for this long trip...but excellent event. its the beginning of the end of ICE cars!!!
        Ernie Dunbar
        • 17 Hours Ago
        @Tony Kalniev
        Because waiting would require letting the other guy finish first.
      Chris M
      • 17 Hours Ago
      This isn't the first time someone has driven a Tesla Roadster around the world, but it will be the first time trying to do it in just 80 days. Can he make it? My initial rough calculations showed that too much time would be spent charging, but then I realized that portions of the trip were aboard ships thus not driven, and a northern hemisphere route is much shorter than an equatorial route would be, so he might make it. I wish him well.