Drag races are usually straight line speed contests. While not always conclusive, they do usually give us a measure of how fast and fast competing cars are over a certain distance, usually within a quarter of a mile (400 meters).
But what if the competitor’s car isn’t really that fast? Well, that’s what we have here. It’s a battle between Mahindra e2o, Citroën Ami, and Sinclair C5 – three urban mobility providers from different eras and more importantly, machines that aren’t built for speed.
Drag race regulated by UK’s What car? and obviously, it’s a slow drag race. In fact, it could be the slowest drag race we’ve seen so far, even beating the fight between the Suzuki Samurai and the Volkswagen Beetle we’ve seen before.
The Mahindra e2o is a compact EV powered by a 15.5 kWh battery and an electric motor producing 42 horsepower (31 kilowatts). It has a range of 75 miles (120 kilometers) and a top speed of 63 miles per hour (101 kilometers per hour).
Meanwhile, we’re all familiar with the Citroën Ami – a two-seater four-wheeler that arrived in the US as a rental, courtesy of Stellantis and Free2Move. With a battery capacity of 5.5 kWh, it has a range of just 47 mi (75 km), driven by an electric motor that produces a measly 8 hp.
Meanwhile, the oldest of the bunch is the Sinclair C5 which was introduced in the 80s. Its stats need not be mentioned, except that it can reach an astounding speed of 15 mph (24 km/h).
Obviously, Sinclair is the lightest but also the least strong while Mahindra has the best chance of winning, but who knows. Which of these slow strokes really wins the straight line contest? Watch the video at the top of this page to find out.