Carwow’s Citroen Ami Drag Races Matt Watson on an electric bike among other things …
For this race, however, they went a step further and actually used a public road, albeit closed. That’s because unlike the 1,000-horsepower cars that needed a lot of space, these five vehicles have a combined power output that probably doesn’t leave the single-digit area. The fact that two of them are RC cars certainly helps with that.
The VE that started all this madness is the Citroën Ami. You may or may not have heard of it, but in layman’s terms, it is a possible solution to reducing traffic jams while using an enclosed four-wheel personal transport device. Think about what Renault did with the Twizy a few years ago, but more like a car.
The Friend is famous for having the same shape at both ends, but this is one of the features used to reduce its production costs. Others are its powertrain: the EV will use its 8-horsepower engine to cover a maximum distance of 45 miles (72 km). With a top speed of 28 mph (45 km / h), that not only means it won’t go very far, but it won’t get there quickly, either.
Fortunately for the French oddity, its competitors of the day are not exactly playful themselves. The first is an electric scooter with a similar range (40 miles or 64 km) but an engine that generates around one horsepower. Even so, the Pure Air Pro scooter could still go faster than the 15 mph (25 km / h) speed limit if it weren’t for safety reasons.
Before the race, make way for the compulsory soundcheck. Since there are no motors, they are horns. “Enough silly things, let’s race,” Matt said after they both honked their horns or rang the bell, respectively. He didn’t know the nonsense was about to start.
After covering the quarter mile in 35 seconds, Matt feels the need to mention the Rimac Nevera, for whatever reason. Exactly what brought about this memory, we’ll never know, but we can’t think of anything. Talking about the Nevera inside a Citroën Ami is like talking about a juicy steak while chewing hay.
For the next race, Matt bravely jumps into the saddle of a Gocycle G4i, an electric folding bike with a front-mounted electric motor that can give a boost. Knowing how competitive the carwow presenter is in these videos, you won’t be surprised to know that he did his best to try and win it. You might be a little flabbergasted by the sounds it makes while pedaling. There’s no way to put it nicely: it looks like he’s giving birth.
The last two opponents are a pair of RC cars. We’ve seen what these can do, but these two fall far short of a competitive level. Actually, one is a hobbyist DIY project, so we should be happy if it doesn’t explode. Will they finally beat the Friend, especially since the two adults controlling the cars are also seated inside the Citroën EV? Look and see, don’t expect (positive) records to fall.