An electric car faced an electric superbike for the very first time as Citroen's striking Survolt concept went head-to-head with an Agni Z2 at Thruxton race circuit in England.
In the capable hands of two professional female racers - Vanina Ickx and Jenny Tinmouth - the car and bike battled it out to test speed, agility and performance in the all-electric shoot-out of four wheels versus two.
Piloting the Survolt was Vanina Ickx - Le Mans Series and Touring Car racing driver and daughter of Formula One driver, Jacky Ickx.
Riding the Agni Z2 was Jenny Tinmouth, the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT course and championship leader in the 2010 TTXGP. Vanina Ickx commented; "This was a fantastic experience - the first electric duel of its type. The lack of engine noise made it a very interesting challenge. Normally you have an idea where your opponent is by their sound, but with electric vehicles it's so much quieter - a new racing dynamic. I had a lot of fun and I'm thrilled to have been part of this unique track event."
Survolt was fresh from its appearance on as part of The Prince of Wales' Start Eco Car Spectacular. Held on The Mall in London, in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.
Specially developed with compact dimensions and a lightweight frame to suit the race track, Survolt features a tubular chassis, flat underside with extractor and full carbon bodywork, all combining to make a genuine emissions-free, electric racing car.
Propelled by two electric motors with a combined power of 300hp from 0-5,000rpm, Survolt is capable of exceptional performance with a top speed of 162mph and a 0-62mph time of under five seconds. The concept's twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries each boast a 31kw capacity and can cover 124 miles.
Powered by 80 battery packs and weighing 220kg, the Agni Z2's 65hp all-electric drivetrain delivers a 0-60mph time of around 3.5seconds with a top speed of just over 130mph.