Prince William flies in a Formula E simulator in India, watched by his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

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Prince William tries out Formula E simulator

British royal is on tour of India

Heir to British throne sets "good" lap time

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.

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“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.

Royal racers: Prince Harry piloting an F1 driving simulator at the Ayrton Senna Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2014.

“At the wheel of the Mahindra simulator, the Duke of Cambridge was focused on ensuring he did a good job,” added Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group. “It seems he might have an alternate career option!”

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