This year we are celebrating 10th year, 19-28.05.2023. and we have the best program yet! Rally traditionally launches May 19th from the harbor front of the medieval town of Rovinj, probably the prettiest of the Istrian seaside villages, before the contestants drive around the hilly hinterland of Istria, experiencing oil and wine tasting and lunch overlooking the vineyards.
On 2nd Race Day the drivers can really test their skills and the potential of their electric cars on a private airport strip in Vrsar before hitting the roads of central Istria. From the artist hill town of Groznjan to the true capital of Buzet, the roads meander through a Tuscan-looking landscape with fortified hilltowns peaking down to the quiet cars in the rally. The evenings are spent in a 5 star hotel and the participants are treated to local delicacies. It’s time to test the range of the different electric vehicles.
Although the event is called Nikola Tesla EV Rally, it’s not reserved exclusively for Tesla cars, the rally is named after one of the biggest genius, Nikola Tesla who was born in Croatia, Smiljan and everyone with an EV can participate and test their vehicle along “The Green Electric Highway” that provides charging stations along the way at important and interesting locations. After a whole day of the driving, the racing day ends in a 5-star hotel just outside the UNESCO World Heritage city of Split. On our way down South on the coastline we will stop in charming city Crikvenica.
The next day continues along the dramatic Dalmatian coastline, across the brand new bridge to Pelješac island and around the island, visiting the stunning sinkholes called Blue Lake and Red Lake. Back on the mainland, the 5th day of the rally takes the drivers north again, to yet another UNESCO World Heritage: the fortified island town of Trogir, before the race day ends at a 5-star Spa Hotel in Zadar.
The Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia is not all about racing, it’s also about relaxing and enjoying the luxuriance of Croatia’s culture and nature. Race Day no. 6 is Relax Day, where the drivers (and cars) can fuel up on energy by the beach or visit the nautical paradise of Kornati National Park by boat.
The next day drivers will have to test their cars – and own driving skills – to the limit at Višnjik Sports Centre in Zadar with a “Skill Exam” before returning to Zadar for a visit to the old town. The competitors will be showcasing their cars at the waterfront promenade near the solar panel & light art installation poetically dubbed “Greeting to the Sun”.
On last Race Day the rally continues to Krka National Park. Here, a boat takes the participants on a tour with its many natural waterfalls. The last stretch of the rally is only 40 kilometres and ends in Šibenik; the cradle of Croatian culture. At the iconic St. John’s Fortress, that towers above the UNESCO World Heritage town and offers commanding views of the Dalmatian seascape, the official award ceremony is held. The winner of Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2023 will be awarded and celebrated, but all the participants bring home the most important trophy: memories for a lifetime.