Tesla Roadster Wins Monaco Green Race

[Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story inaccurately reflected pricing on the Roadster. EarthTechling regrets the error.]

Tesla Motors recently announced its Tesla Roadster beat more than 100 competitors at this year’s Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally, securing the car as a serious sports car competitor. Driven by former F1 competitor Erik Comas, the vehicle was said to have covered more than 280 miles in one day of the race in Monaco.

According to the electric car company, the Tesla Roadster is the only electric car to have completed the course, the route of which travels over the Col du Corobin, a 4,000-plus feet pass, and along the same roads at the historic Monte Carlo Rally, which celebrates its 100th year anniversary this May.

image via Tesla Motors

The Tesla Roadster is reported to have a range of over 200 miles on a single charge (Tesla records it as 245 miles, but results have varied), but in 2009 it drove over 300 miles on a single charge in the Global Green Challenge in Australia. The team returned to the continent this spring as we covered the company’s publicity tour across the country.

The win in Monaco is another feather in the luxury automaker’s cap, who recently announced its vehicles have driven a cumulative 10 million miles so far. An impressive vehicle, for sure, however, consumers wanting their own will have to shell-out over $100,000 for the base model of the high-performance electric vehicle, making the model a out-of-reach for the majority of buyers.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.


  • Reply April 12, 2011


    uhhh, nice to see fact checking is optional nowadays. the price of a tesla roadster starts at around 109,000. and its stated range is 245 miles

    • Reply April 12, 2011


      Hmm. Did it occur to you that the model designed to win the Monaco race might cost a little more than an off-the-floor version. The Model S now has a range of prices depending on battery capacity. Sounds like the racing version has a crazy large battery.

      • Reply April 13, 2011


        yes, and unless it is custom made, it does not. the base model starts at $109,000, the Roadster S is a mere 30,000 more. nnThe Model S starts at 49.5k, and may cost around 69k for the 300mile pack, with the tax credit and without any extras they might offer added on.

    • Reply April 12, 2011

      Nino Marchetti

      Thanks for catching that – we updated it.

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