Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2023
This year we are celebrating our 10th year, 19-28.05.2023. and we have the best program yet! Nikola Tesla EV Rally traditionally launches May 19th from the harbor front of the medieval town of Rovinj, before the participants 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.
The Green Electric Highway
Although the event is called Nikola Tesla EV Rally, it’s not reserved exclusively for Tesla cars, the rally is named after 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 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 the charming city of 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 RedLake. 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.
Racing and Relaxing
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.
The next day drivers will have to test their cars – and their 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 “Greeting to the Sun”.
Last day of the Rally
On the last Race Day, the rally continues to Krka National Park. Here, a boat takes the participants on a tour of its many natural waterfalls. The last stretch of the rally is only 40 kilometers and ends in Šibenik; the cradle of Croatian culture. At the iconic St. John’s Fortress, which 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.