Not many of the current race drivers are in love with electric powered cars. But Dutchman Xavier Maassen openly is. The GT and endurance driver has recently set EV records at the Belgian circuits of Zolder and Spa-Francorchamps with a Tesla Roadster. What’s next Xavier?
Maassen has raced successfully with the Audi R8 V10 LMS in the Belgian Endurance Championship last year and became vice champion. He won the 24 hours of Zolder and competed with the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 during the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans. Despite racing in these impressive race monsters, the 31 year old sees a great future for more efficient and electric techniques in motorsports. “It will be a difficult task to introduce electric racing on a large scale. But on the short term I see the importance of hybrid techniques that will be used, especially in endurance races”, Maassen predicts. “But an electric formula racing series will be introduced shortly. Only the lack of sound might be an issue. I think people will miss the emotion from race sounds if you compare it with the grumble from Porsche, Aston Martin or the Corvette.”
Maassen received the opportunity to set EV records on Zolder and Spa-Francorchamps with the Tesla Roadster. The same car that was used in December during the Race of Champions event. It was a successful mission. “This is the best car to set such records. Torque and handling are impressive”, Maassen explains. “It’s also fun to explain to people around me what it’s like to drive a Tesla and to create awareness about electric driving and racing.”
It seems that the Dutchman hasn’t set his final EV record yet. Maassen: “I would definitely like to set records in the Netherlands, but also the Le Mans circuit and Nordschleife are high on my list.” Fastest lap at the famous 20,832 km German track by an electric vehicle is 8 minutes and 42,72 seconds, set by Electric RaceAbout in September. Good Luck Xavier!