The transformation of the conventional
The winding curves of the black asphalt climbing up towards the small Italian village of Sestriere – located within the rocky Piemonts at a height of more than 2000 meters above sea level – are grooved by a mild buzz, similar to the sound made by the espresso machine during the first minutes it is turned on. The road curves come naturally one after the other, the tires make no squeak, and the white car seems to be out for a Sunday cruise. The only things indicating that Dacia Sandero is participating at the Monte Carlo Rally are the specific elements of a car competition – the number and the names imprinted.
A soundless Sandero and a “dolce far niente” running in the most popular rally competition at the beginning of the year? Nothing more unusual than this. A few hundreds kilometers later, the car provided the most unusual denouement for the Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles – the competition of the alternative propulsion vehicles. After the 3 days of the competition, an electric-driven Dacia Sandero managed to climb up to the first position, outrunning some of the most important names of contemporary ecologists: Toyota Prius, Tesla Roadster or Honda Insight. The Dacia was driven by the Slovenian Andrej Pečjak and his French co-pilot Frederic Mlynarzick. The team has succeeded to achieve an impossible task ahead of the incontestable winner of the last years: Tesla Roadster. A three year old electric Sandero, with almost 50.000 kilometers, all electrical, managed to “steal” the trophy for the world`s first electrical series supercar and walked a triumphant march before the other 83 competitors. Andrej Pečjak, the man behind the project, was rewarded with a trophy from which he sipped the champagne of victory.
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