Tesla Roadster 2.5 with 2010 F1 champion Sebastian Vettel – Click above for high-res image gallery
The Race of Champions (RoC) is a competition between many of the planet's greatest drivers going head to head in a variety of identically prepared vehicles. This year saw a cleaner, greener machine added to the roster with the inclusion of Tesla Roadsters. The cars were used in practice sessions and so the results weren't part of the official standings, but videos of Michael Schumacher and others – awaiting your perusal after the break – reveal they weren't exactly doing parade laps either. Perhaps if they're traction control hadn't been enabled the footage might have been a bit more dramatic.
The four examples were specially prepared with an added roll cage, a carbon-fiber racing seat with six-point harness, a stripped interior and a big red button on the dash to cut power should the need arise. It's all just enough to whet the appetite for a full-fledged Roadster racers with liquid-cooled motors and leaner, meaner battery packs. Hit the jump for a bit of Tesla Roadster Race of Champions action along with the official press release with the complete list of participating drivers .
Source: Tesla Motors / Race of Champions]
Race of Champions 2010: Motorsport goes electric in RoC build-up
DUSSELDORF, Germany -- Electric power replaced the roar of an engine at the practice sessions for The Race of Champions in Düsseldorf, when the stars of world motorsport got behind the wheel of the ground-breaking Tesla Roadster.
Ever the pioneer of innovative concepts in motorsport, The Race of Champions took a step into a green future with several demonstration runs featuring the electric-powered cars on the unique parallel track at the ESPRIT arena.
The drivers due to compete in today's ROC Nations Cup and Sunday's Race of Champions took turns behind the wheel – including Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.
The Tesla Roadster is the world's only zero-emission supercar – the only car that embodies the once-conflicting ideals of performance and efficiency. The Roadster accelerates from 0- 100 km/h in under four seconds and has an electronically limited top-line speed of 201 km/h , yet it can be fully or partially recharged by renewable energy, including solar or wind power.
Based in California 's Silicon Valley , Tesla Motors has won critical acclaim from some of the world's most renowned motoring enthusiasts. Since 2008 Tesla has delivered nearly 1,400 Roadsters to customers in at least 30 countries, including professional drivers who have raced their Roadsters on some of the world's toughest circuits. But The Race of Champions marks Tesla's biggest and most important entry into the world of motorsport.
The Race of Champions has been staged every year since 1988, founded by IMP President Fredrik Johnsson and Michèle Mouton, the world's most successful female rally driver. The competition pits the greats of motorsport head-to-head on a parallel track in identical machinery.
Johnsson said: "I'm lucky to have had a ride in the Tesla Roadster and I was really impressed. It's silent but blindingly quick! I'm proud that The Race of Champions is leading the way in promoting green technologies in motorsport and it was fantastic to see – but not hear – such great drivers pushing the Tesla hard around this track."
Full list of drivers for the 2010 Race of Champions:
•Sebastian Vettel, 2010 Formula 1 World Champion
•Michael Schumacher, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
•Alain Prost, four-time Formula 1 World Champion
•Sébastien Loeb, seven-time World Rally Champion
•Mick Doohan, five-time World 500cc Motorcycling Champion
•Tanner Foust, 2010 X-Games rally and rallycross gold medallist
•Heikki Kovalainen, Formula 1 grand prix winner
•Tom Kristensen, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner
•Andy Priaulx, three-time World Touring Car Champion
•Jason Plato, two-time British Touring Car Champion
•Alvaro Parente, GP2 race winner and winner ROC South Europe 2010
•Filipe Albuquerque, A1GP race winner and winner ROC South Europe 2010
•Jeroen Bleekemolen, two-time Porsche Supercup Champion
•Bertrand Baguette, 2009 World Series by Renault Champion
•Carl Edwars, 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
•Travis Pastrana, 11-time X-Games gold medallist