Chevy Bolt Sets EV Production Record At Refuel, Beats Every Tesla From 2016 Event
If the Chevrolet Bolt EV had put down this lap time last year, it would’ve beat every Tesla in the competition.
At the 9th annual REFUEL time trials at California’s Mazda Raceway, Billy Kwan drove a 2017 Bolt to first place in the category (HD version with lots of wind noice can be found below) in which the vehicle was placed:
The Bolt set a track record in the “production class.” There were some faster Teslas this year, but those cars compete in the higher spec “production GT” class (video of the Bolt EV run taken by chase Tesla Model S). As Hybrid Cars reports:
“Cameron Rogers took first place in the higher-powered “Production GT” car category this year with his 2016 Tesla Model S 85D which lapped at 1:52.425.”
That 1:52.425 time is a massive improvement over last year’s best posted time by a Tesla:
You’ll find all sorts of info on Refuel, as well as full race results from all of the years at this link.
Press blast below:
ELECTRIC AFICIONADOS AMPED FOR REFUEL 2017 at MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA
Speed Ventures presents the 9th Annual REFUEL Clean Power Motorsports Event at MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Now in its ninth year, REFUEL welcomes electric cars and motorcycles to MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, to showcase clean power transportation technology in a motorsports setting. Presented by Speed Ventures, California’s leading recreational motorsports sanctioning body, REFUEL is an opportunity to push the boundaries of EV performance.
Speed Ventures will provide track time and basic performance driving instruction for drivers of electric cars and riders of electric motorcycles. The event is open to production EVs as well as to conversions and purpose-built all-electric race cars.
We expect this year to be the most competitive yet in the all-electric REFUEL Time Trial competition which includes classes for production vehicles, conversions, and prototypes. Pro and amateur EV race teams are poised to set lap records at the world famous MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca.
The REFUEL 2017 Clean Power Motorsports Event will offer the following:
Drive your EV or Electric Motorcycle on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at speed and receive basic performance driving instruction
Participate in the REFUEL Time Trial to see who is the fastest EV driver at MAZDA Raceway
A Parade Lap on The World Famous MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca is open to all EVs in attendance (low speed, passengers are allowed, no helmets required)
Free charging stations for REFUEL track and Time Trial participants. (charging is available to participants only)
via Hybrid Cars