Youngster Attempts F1-style Driving in Monaco, Crashes Electric Car

The Loews hairpin, located in a picturesque part of the Monaco circuit, is not only the slowest corner in the Formula 1 World Championship but also one of the most glamorous. However, on Saturday, a driver in a Citroen AMI electric microcar drove up and down the famous curve, creating an embarrassing incident. The hairpin is so slow that Formula 1 single-seaters have to use first gear to negotiate it. Despite the slow speed, the corner is considered challenging due to its tight turns and the lack of visibility for the drivers. The incident involving the microcar was particularly striking as it was such a contrast to the high-performance vehicles usually seen on the circuit, such as those driven by Sir Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

Loews at full throttle… and it ends badly

The driver of the Citroen AMI electric microcar, like Ayrton Senna, attempted to take on the challenging Loews hairpin, but things did not go as planned. The uphill approach was manageable, but on the downhill section, the driver lost control, resulting in a rollover and a massive crash against the bollards. Thankfully, the bollards protected the pedestrians from any danger, as the Monaco circuit forms part of the functioning roads in the city, and there were many pedestrians around.

The Citroen AMI electric microcar has a top speed of only 45 km/h, making it an unusual vehicle to take on the famous corner where Formula 1 cars usually race. Despite the crash, nobody was hurt, and it serves as a reminder of the dangers of attempting to take on a challenging corner without the appropriate vehicle or training.

That’s not what the Citroen AMI is designed for

The Citroen AMI has been a part of the Citroen range for three years and is designed specifically for electric micro-mobility for use in cities. The vehicle is only 2.5 meters long and can accommodate two passengers, including the driver, running solely on electric power. The car is equipped with a small 5.5 kWh battery, which allows for a range of 75 kilometers per charge. It is also very easy to charge, as it can be charged to completion at any household socket within just four hours. The Citroen AMI is a practical and eco-friendly solution for urban driving, but it is not designed for high-speed racing, and attempting to take on challenging corners, such as the Loews hairpin in Monaco, can be dangerous.

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