As a test run before the 2012 Dakar Rally at the start of next year, the electric McRae Buggy made its rally debut at the 2011 Spanish Baja Super Special Stage in late July. Dutch driver Tim Coronel, along with partners Novolectriq, ProDakar and All Green Vehicles, announced that a prototype electric McRae Buggy completed a six-kilometer stage at the Spanish Baja in six minutes, 40 seconds.

The time may not have been earth-shattering, but if the prototype was competing in the event it would have been fast enough to place 13th overall. The prototype vehicle featured a 90-kilowatt (122-horsepower) motor but only one of its three battery packs installed for its Spanish Baja drive. The electric McRae Buggy that will compete in Dakar in January will be fitted with a 200-kw (272-horsepower) electric motor and lithium-ion battery packs with 54-kWh.

Check out more on the buggy in the video below: