Results of the 2011 Rallye International de Montreal Vert

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a brief note based on a message from Brian Maxwell about the Rallye International de Montreal Verte.  This rally took place and Brian sent me some notes about the event as well as a couple of photos.

Brian and the rest of the Mitsubishi Team had expected that their major competition would be from the Nissan Leaf Team, but the Nissan Leaf team did not show up at the rally.  This left the Mitsubishi Team with a clear field in the electric car class, so the Mitsubishi cars finished 1-2 in the Electric Car Class.

Electric
Car Class

Pos

Pilote

CoPilote

Voiture

Energie

Pénalités

1

Réjean
Losier

Brian
Maxwell

Mitsubishi
i-MIEV

Electrique

1866

2

Claude
Quenneville

Alex
Gascon

Mitsubishi
i-MIEV

Electrique

4364

Some of you might also recognize Brian’s driver, Rejean Losier, as a regular Canadian stage rally driver who competes in the CARS Championship events.  The driver of the other Mitsubishi i-MIEV, Claude Quenneville is a former play-by-play announcer for the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team.

Quenneville/Gascon Mitsibushi i-MIEV at the Starting Line

The Rallye International de Montreal Verte is, as Brian was told, the only North American stop in an international series, with other events in Monaco, Iceland, Italy, etc. The reigning world champs, from France, were entered in a Prius, and acquitted themselves well, although they did not get the overall win. Cars are classed according to power source, with predominantly a mix of hybrids and LPG powered vehicles. Speeds are not high; all the average speeds were under 60 kph, so adrenaline was in limited supply. But the competitors found out that there is quite an art to staying on time and minimizing fuel usage.

The Losier/Maxwell Mitsubishi i-MIEV Entry in the Electric Car Class

The electrics are not in the running for overall positions, as they do not have sufficient range yet to do the full course. The organizer of the Rallye International de Montreal Verte tried to accommodate the electric cars by allowing them to compete in the 1st and 3rd legs each day, while using the 2nd leg to recharge(the 1st and 2nd legs were designed to end at the same location).

Brian’s impression is that the all-electric class is not yet being run in the other events, so it looks like they were at the bleeding edge.   Brian reports: “The main problem for us was that we needed dedicated 550 volt refuelling stations, (such as the ones Mitsubishi used in driving i-Mievs coast to coast in Canada recently) but due to short notice in getting approval from Mitsubishi to run the event, we were unable to arrange for these. Our downfall was that the 220 V generators we had obtained were not up to the job; for some reason, they only recharged at a fraction of the speed that we obtained from a
dedicated, (and frequently unobtainable) 220V line. This had predicable results; we left the 3rd legs with only a partial charge and therefore found our range much below ideal. However, the organizer was most accommodating, as he really wanted the electric cars to finish; hence the route was shortened on more than one occasion.”

Brian continues: “This event has much merit, although this year at least, its reach slightly exceeded its grasp. They were very short of experienced marshals, a problem when timing and scoring is done to the second, and when many of the checkpoints are completely hidden. And in order for some of these cars to work better, they need to have dedicated electric refuelling infrastructure. Someone was supposed to have concocted a meter to measure the amount of electricity used to recharge our car at each stop, but this never materialized. On the other hand, while the web site was almost completely in French, a significant effort was made by the organizer and stewards to make English-speaking crews comfortable.  In fact, it was a team from the
Toronto area, Vinh Pham and Piotr Nytko, in a Toyota Prius, who took the overall win. Interestingly, while they finished 3rd in the TSD part, they did well enough on fuel consumption to take the overall win.”

Finally Brian said that they almost passed Indy/NASCAR driver Patrick Carpentier on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve!

Overall
Results

Pos Pilote CoPilote Voiture Energie

Rally

Fuel

Combined

1

Vinh Pham Piotr Nytko Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybride

3

1

4

2

Sébastien Kroetsch Éric B-Meunier Lexus CT 200 h Hybride

1

3

4

3

Martyn Ouellet Frédéric Bouchard Honda Insight Hybride

4

6

10

4

Raymond Durand Christian Fine Toyota Prius Hybride

2

8

10

5

Pascal Tourangeau David Rozon Chevrolet Volt Hybride

7

5

12

6

Mikaël Grenier Jonathan Routhier Toyota Prius Hybride

11

4

15

7

Stéphane Quesnel Sonia Arguin Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybride

14

2

16

8

Pierre Piché Normand Béique Honda Canada CR-Z Hybride

8

9

17

9

Pierre Girard Jean Briand Accord hybride Hybride

6

15

21

10

Yves Boulanger Cédras Martin GMC Sierra LPG LPG

5

16

21

11

Max Caron Marc Quirion Honda Insight Hybride

15

7

22

12

Patrick Carpentier Yvan Joyal Honda CR-Z Hybride

13

13

26

13

Guy Marchand Richard Charbonneau GMC Sierra LPG LPG

9

18

27

14

Pawliuk Andrew Jacinthe Béliveau Honda CR-Z Hybride

16

12

28

18

Gilles Dufour Jacques Lessard Honda Civic hybride Hybride

19

10

29

15

Olivier Delorme Marc-André Hallé Porsche Cayenne
hybride
Hybride

18

11

29

16

Pascal Marsan Patrick Lebeau Ford F150 LPG LPG

12

17

29

17

Stéphane Deschamps Guillaume Nachin Chevrolet Impala LPG LPG

10

19

29

19

Vincent Aubé Julie P.Ouellette Honda Canada CR-Z Hybride

17

14

31

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