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Drag race: Citroen Ami vs electric scooter vs e-bike vs RC cars

September 16, 2021 by

In most carwow drag races, you’ll see some of the finest and most powerful performance cars battle against one another. Today is quite the opposite.

Lining up as the star of today’s showdown is the Citroen Ami. This car (well, sort-of) is mainly designed to be used as a runaround for French teenagers, but today it’ll be using all 8 of its horsepowers as it takes on an unusual mix of electric vehicles.

Weighing just 500kg gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 16hp per tonne — for context, a Bugatti Chiron’s is about 750hp per tonne.

The good news for the Ami though is it’s competing against a more modest opposition than a W16-powered hypercar. Its first challenger is an electric scooter — or more specifically a Pure Air Pro.

It’s powered by a 700w motor, which is about 0.93 horsepower, though weighs in at just 17.5kg (without a rider, of course).

Next to challenge the Ami will be a GoCycle G4i e-bike. It’s fitted with a 500w (about 0.67hp) motor which provides electric assistance while you’re pedalling. This is a little heavier than the scooter though, at 16.5kg.

Following on from those are even smaller electric vehicles, two remote control cars in fact – and very different ones.

The first is a Ford Escort Mk2 based on a Tamiya MF-01X chassis, and the other is a Frankenstein’s monster of bits built from scratch by carwow’s own news editor, Nick.

Both weigh about 1.5kg and are powered by teeny tiny RC car motors.

So, which will prove strongest in one of the oddest carwow drag race match-ups? Well, you’ll need to watch to find out…

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