Wrightspeed’s CEO Ian Wright, one of the original founding team at Tesla, shows us the ins and outs of his X1 electric high performance car prototype soon after he passes Tesla’s Roadster on the Laguna Seca racetrack.

For this week’s episode of our weekly video series Green Overdrive we bring you an up close look at Wrightspeed’s electric prototype high performance race car the X1! Wrightspeed’s founder Ian Wright, one of the original founding members of electric car maker Tesla, built the prototype as a way to develop hybrid drive train tech for race car makers and one day truck manufacturers. Watch Wright pass a Tesla Roadster and show us the ins and outs of the X1, which he says he commonly drives his kids to school in. Check out all our episodes of Green Overdrive here.

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  1. So a two seater electric motorcycle with no DOT safety gear passes up a production Tesla. What’s the point?

  2. Katie Fehrenbacher Thursday, August 12, 2010

    @Khurt, its just the headline. The video is about the prototype and Wrightspeeds plans

  3. Great vid Katie, thanks for asking good questions. BTW, did he happen to mention the future motor supplier?

  4. well well well… the chassis is based on ariel atom, so everything but the gearbox and the engine is basically the same.

  5. Katie Fehrenbacher Thursday, August 12, 2010

    @Domenick, He didn’t, but good question. I’ll see if he wants to tell us.

  6. Excellent video, was pleasant to me

  7. Green Overdrive Video: Wrightspeed’s Tesla-Passing Race! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World Thursday, August 12, 2010

    [...] a company that builds high performance electric and hybrid race car technology. The result? His X1 electric racecar prototype, created by his startup Wrightspeed, is fast enough to whiz by Tesla Roadsters on a racetrack. [...]

  8. It’s not news when a 1500 lb race chassis on DOT slicks gets the wave-by from a 2700 lb street car on street tires, but it’s still a fun video clip to watch :) I’m curious what lap times the Electron (chassis is an Atom, power is electricity..) was turning in at Laguna? It would let us compare it to other well-known performance cars.

  9. Is this another ‘tease’ video or is that all you’ve got Katie? I was looking forward to a full lap on-board the X1 to see some of this legendary 0-60 performance.

  10. Katie Fehrenbacher Friday, August 13, 2010

    @Paul, I wish I had driven it! But had to leave it to Ian Wright. Next time.

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