Formula E Prince William pilots racing simulator on Royal Tour of India

By Sarah Holt, CNN. Originally published April 12th, 2016 at 6:00 AM

(CNN)Destined for a seat of power with the British Monarchy, Prince William was given an altogether different taste of power after trying out a seat in a Formula E car.

The heir to the British throne impressed after driving the Mahindra Racing team’s race simulator on a tour of India with his wife Catherine. The prince drove a virtual lap of India’s Buddh International Circuit in a very competitive two minutes, 0.6 seconds at an event in Mumbai. The time was just 27 seconds shy of the circuit’s lap record set in 2011 by Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel in a much faster Formula One car.

“The Duke of Cambridge is a pilot, and was quite familiar with simulators. At the wheel of the M2Electro simulator, he was quite focused on ensuring he did a good job around the track…And so it seems he might have an alternate career option!” quotes Anand Mahindra, Chairman and CEO of the Mahindra Group.

“He could come and drive for us any time,” said Mahindra team technician Isaias Sousa Valero. “It’s a good lap time and he is a really nice driver.”

Prince William is a trained Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter pilot and has used flight simulators as part of his training.

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