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Tesla Roadster Wins 24H Oschersleben

Tesla Roadster wins first-ever 24-hour race reserved for electric cars…

Photo: Mario Bartkowiak

A Tesla Roadster won the 24 Hours of Oschersleben earlier this month, in the first ever 24-hour race reserved exclusively for electric cars.

The race was held on Dec. 1-2 at the track in Saxony-Anhalt, and was won by a Tesla driven by Hans-Friederich Wilhelm Neuss, Thomas Schmitt and Udo Weges.

They completed 495 laps over the 24-hour period, finishing nine laps clear of the runner-up team in a Hyundai Kona.

Ten different manufacturers were represented in the 30-car field, including Tesla, Renault, Hyundai, Kia, Smart, Nissan, Opel and BMW.

The winning car was the oldest Tesla in the field, a Roadster 2.5 which went out of production in 2012 and was based on the Lotus Elise.

Teams had to find a balance between charging times and energy saving, given the considerable track time they would lose on a full charge in the pit lane.

This led to teams focusing on range optimization rather than outright pace, with the more successful competitors able to maximize their range and find the best balance between time spent on track and in the pits charging.

“More than 100 drivers took part in our event, which was the first 24-hour race for a purely electrically driven field to mark a milestone in automotive history,” commented promoter Rafael de Mestre.

“The respective best marks of the individual constructions will now be a motivating goal for the teams participating next year.”

A repeat of the event is confirmed for 2019, and although a date has yet to be set, 13 participants have already registered.

The event was held as part of the ecoGP series, which will restart with an event in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 17, before further events in Andorra, nine-hour races at the Hungaroring and Calafat, a night race in Ales and the 24H Oschersleben.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake



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    Super Modified Racer

    December 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Looks like the most boring race ever known to mankind.

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      December 25, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Callao perkin culiao :v

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    December 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I think it is pretty cool. Best balance between race- track and off-track time. Based on energy. You will need to have peace anyways. But you need to use less energy.

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    Harald Gallinnis

    December 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Agree – a very strategic raceconcept for low level costs. Looks to me as this may be an interesting alternative raceformat for an entry into endurance-“racing”.
    In the moment this is somehow handicapped by the disadvatage of the combination of charging-times & concepts and rigid installed battery cells. Something like a battery swap (as f.e. for the Nio) would be a game-changer for this kind of sport.

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    December 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    great idea to innovate tech, but it will not be a spectator sport lol.

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    December 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

    People may scoff but I love it. The calculations of efficiency and speed, charging times etc. It looks really fun. It’s not racing in the traditional sense but it’s still a lot of fun.

    In Japan they do this Mazda MX-5 journalist race where driving publications and TV shows (including former race drivers) do a 4 hour race around Tsukuba Circuit and they’re limited to a pretty small amount of fuel. So you get the same type of mix of racing and efficiency. And I think there is a similar EV race as well. Not 24 hours though.

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    December 23, 2018 at 6:51 am

    So how long were the stops for charging?

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    James D

    December 23, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I want to know how far the winner traveled in total. Report says how many laps, but not the distance.

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    December 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    495 laps * 3.667 km = 1815 km.

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    Harald Gallinnis

    December 24, 2018 at 4:12 am

    No it was the “short” Variant of Oschersleben that was used
    495 laps * 2435m = 1205,325km

    Charging times took up to several hours, dependent on used model and strategy. Unfortulately there was no timing at this event just counted laps. Something they should improve in future editions.

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    December 24, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I just drove a bit more 500 km in 5,5 hours in my model 3 and add 0,5 hour and I would ended at same charge I started. I would have won easily if I could use supercharger. Charging speed makes a big difference.

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    Harald Gallinnis

    December 24, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    So let´s enter your car for next years race!
    I´ll be happy to support your crew and join you in driving… 😉

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