IndyCar driver Marco Andretti took a 2013 Chevy Volt out for a spin during the Woodward Dream Cruise a couple of weeks ago. As one may imagine, the forte of Michael Andretti’s son and racing legend Mario Andretti’s grandson is not in achieving high fuel economy.
“That’s the worst thing you can ask me,” said Andretti while zipping through Woodward traffic like he was, well, an Andretti.
Even so, the plug-in electric car made an entire 40-mile lap of the traditional Dream Cruise route (from Eight Mile to Pontiac and back) completely on electric power with Andretti behind the wheel, with the gasoline engine-generator kicking in about seven miles after the economy run. Andretti, who was named 2006 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and has a Lamborghini, Porsche, and Chevy Camaro in his garage, was impressed:
“This is the future,” he said. Andretti expects IndyCars to soon adopt a combination of gas/electric drive systems. “This car’s performance isn’t measured by horsepower, but it is so smooth and has so much torque at the bottom that it really accelerates. I am looking forward to this in my racing future.”
“As a race driver, someday I’ll miss the sound of those powerful engines,” he said. “But hey, it’s all about speed, and electric cars are going to be very fast.”
The GM Authority Take
Yes they are. And we’re glad the Volt is leading the way. The rest of the quotes speak for themselves (and for the Volt).