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Land Rover enters Range_e in RAC Future Car Challenge

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Land Rover will be entering three 89 g/km CO2 plug-in hybrid diesel-electric concept Range_e models into the RAC Future Car Challenge .

This will be the first opportunity to showcase the Range_e concept models in public in the UK.

The Land Rover Range_e development model is equipped with a plug-in hybrid diesel-electric powertrain that Land Rover expects to make available in future production models, following the scheduled launch of its diesel-electric hybrid in 2013.

The Range_e is based on the Range Rover Sport and uses the current 245PS 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine, working with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and a 69kW electric motor. Using a parallel hybrid system, with a 14.2kW/h lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from an external 240V power source, the Range_e can be driven on electric power alone for more than 20 miles, with zero harmful tailpipe emissions. Overall CO 2 emissions are just 89 g/km.

The Range_e is one of a number of Land Rover projects supported by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board and five prototype models are currently engaged in a test programme with Land Rover’s fellow members of the CABLED – Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstrators – consortium.

The RAC Future Car Challenge (FCC) takes place on Saturday 5 November 2011, the day before The Royal Automobile Club’s world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Starting at Madeira Drive Brighton, the event will use the traditional 60-mile Veteran Run route in reverse and the challenge is to drive from Brighton to London using the least energy possible within the 2hrs 45min minimum and 3hrs 30min maximum time permitted.

The finish will be in Pall Mall followed by a special ceremonial finish and presentation in Regent Street. Here, the vehicles will join the display of around 100 pre-1905 motor cars in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run International Concours.