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USA: GM turns the Chevy Volt into a race car

As the old saw goes: if you win on Sunday, you sell on Monday.

But does it apply to the Chevy Volt?

General Motors is about to find out as it sends its plug-in hybrid to the races.

Not the Volt, per se, but its mechanically identical European cousin with an equally cute electric-inspired name, the Opel Ampera. The car will be taking part in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally, which kicks off on Thursday, March 22.

But don’t expect to see it tearing up the twisty mountain roads above Monaco on full opposite lock. Instead, the Ampera will be competing in a support race featuring alternative energy vehicles that covers several hundred miles at a slightly more sedate pace. The idea isn’t to be the fastest, but to use the least amount of energy while traveling at a target speed closer to what a real world driver would experience.



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