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All electric Puma Sports Car news – another South African first… ?


SOUTH AFRICA (January 29, 2011) EV DRIVE TEAM - On Sunday 23rd of January, the EV Drive team tested their prototype electric Puma Sports Car at Rock Raceway, South Africa.
“On the drag front the crowds went absolutely wild as the Ice & Dice Street draggers went down the 1/8th mile strip in the old fashioned way Robot to Robot style. A surprise arrived in the form of a classic locally manufactured vehicle. Not one but two Pumas arrived on scene with the white Puma powered by fossil fuel and a GREEN all electric PUMA SPORTS CAR powered by batteries. Yip, that’s right, an electric powered Puma Sports Car made it’s début at Rock Raceway surprising everyone by the amount of power it can put out, keeping up to it’s fossil fuel powered cousin”, said Abie Sada, press and media liaison representative from the Rock Raceway, South Africa.
Lourens Terblanche , race driver of the white fossil fuel Puma Sports Car and owner of LOURENS EXHAUST fitment centre in Vereeniging South Africa said “ I don’t like this hype for electric cars , how must I make a living from replacing exhausts…? Bad news for the exhaust industry! “
On Monday 24th of January, some high speed testing was done at Midvaal Raceway, South Africa with amazing results.
“I witnessed something very special. A Puma Sports Car was going around the raceway without the usual noise. To my surprise I was told it is powered by only an electric motor. Lap times were recorded under 2 minutes, quite fast for an ‘off the workshop and on the racetrack’ version. It is refreshing to see a car serving the environment”, says Nino Venturi, owner of the Midvaal Raceway, South Africa.
“EV Drive Team has broken new ground in South Africa with the new Electric propulsion vehicle in the shape of the Puma Sports Car….This car has the looks of a sports car with an inner of an electric train. The best about it is the no roar (absolute silence) .The performance of the car was breathtaking, not standing back for the fossil fuel car. On the track the handling, breaking and straight-line speed was just as good as any other vehicle. Amazing acceleration with instant torque on the back wheels .I am very impressed” …said Johnny Naude - Motorsport South Africa (MSA) race official during recording session and data logging of lap times at Midvaal Raceway, South Africa….
“The electric Puma Sports Car has adequate torque and power throughout the rev range. I’ve found the suspension and handling good taking into account it has not been set up for racing yet”, replied EV DRIVE team test driver, Shane Kroon.
The EV Drive team is researching and developing the all electric Puma Sports Car powered by ECOTRICITY (eco friendly alternative renewable energy.)
More information and video footage of above is available on their website


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