BMW i3 Gets Sideways With Rally Legend Rauno Aaltonen – Video
When it comes to electric vehicle performance, we are accustomed to seeing reports of how quick the latest Tesla offering is to 0 to 60 mph, or the most recent fractional beating of the Model S sedan’s world record 1/4 mile time (of which that record was bested twice in the last 48 hours – see here, then here).
But when it comes to actual racing, or doing any offroad shenanigans, one doesn’t see or hear much of that.
Enter rally great Rauno Aaltonen, and a BMW i3. Given the power profile of electric vehicles at the low end, the driving impression from the drifting legend was not entirely surprising.
Aaltonen, now 79 – and former winner of both the European and Finland rally championships, and Australia’s Bathurst 500, says of his experience with the BMW i3:
“Once you understand it, it’s great fun. And it feels like you would be in a car with 1,000 horsepower…I didn’t expect the BMW i3 can be driven in drift so beautifully.”
Hat tip to Miggy!