Published March 19, 2012
By Jeff Cobb
As Opel continues the launch of its sibling to the Chevy Volt, the European automaker said it will provide six Opel Amperas to compete in the international Rally Monte Carlo.
Their debut will be at the famous rally’s “Alternative Energy” version, which begins in Annecy-le-Vieux, Clermont-Ferrand and Lugano on March 22 and finishes three days later in the capital of Monaco, Monte Carlo.
Although swathed in tradition by riding in the shadow of the Monte Carlo rally, vehicles in this special field must have a maximum of 115g/km CO2 output.
So, instead of observing cars pushed to the limits of acceleration and adhesion, fans will see around 150 entrants cover a certain distance, maintain a certain speed and use as little energy as possible.
But Opel is OK with that, as are many Europeans who are increasingly noticing automotive competitors race toward the mark of solving looming energy and emissions threats already widely perceived.
“Spectators will have the chance to see our electric cars in action under the challenging conditions the rally has to offer,” said Enno Fuchs, Opel’s Director E-Mobility.