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2012 RAC Future Car Challenge – results

Results from the 2012 Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge

Event Date: Saturday 3 November 2012

The event aimed to find the most efficient car to cover the 64-mile route from Brighton to London – the reverse direction to the Veteran Car Run, which took place on the following day.

Green Car Guide
drove a BMW 116d EfficientDynamics in the event and achieved 103mpg over the 64-mile Brighton to London route , winning the Internal Combustion Engine class .

Below we list the winning entrants and sponsors for each category, with links to our reviews of those cars (and vans!) that we have road tested during the year. Winning manufacturers this year included: BMW, Cree, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Vauxhall, Windreich AG – and to all of them we give hearty congratulations and a salute to their commitment to providing greener cars for the UKs roads and drivers.

1. Winners – Production Vehicles category

Most Energy Efficient Small Car (A&B) – Sponsored by RAC Motoring Services

Entrant: Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe was the Winner of the Most Energy Efficient Small Car at the 2012 RAC Future Car Challenge

Most Energy Efficient Regular Car (C) – Sponsored by RAC Foundation

Entrant: Vauxhall Ampera

Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car (E&F) – Sponsored by Bosch

Entrant: Mercedes Benz E300 Hybrid

Most Energy Efficient Light Commercial Vehicle (max 3.5 tonnes) – Sponsored by RAC Motoring Services

Entrant: Renault Kangoo Van

Renault Kangoo Van - winner of Most Energy Efficient Light Commercial Vehicle

Best Pure Electric Vehicle (EV) – Sponsored by British Gas

Entrant: Renault Zoe

Best Extended-Range Vehicle (E-REV, PHEV) – Sponsored by British Gas

Entrant: Vauxhall Ampera

Best Hybrid Vehicle (HV, HEV) – Sponsored by British Gas

Entrant: Mercedes Benz E300 Hybrid

Best Fuel Cell Vehicle – Sponsored by The Daily Telegraph

Entrant: Vauxhall HydroGen4

Best Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) – Sponsored by Global Fuel Economy Initiative

Entrant: BMW 116d EfficientDynamics

The winning BMW 116d EfficientDynamics at the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012

2. Winners – Prototype Vehicles

Most Energy Efficient Small Car (A&B) – Sponsored by RAC Motoring Services

Entrant: Cree SAM Moto-e3

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Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car (E&F) – Sponsored by Bosch

Entrant: Jaguar XJ_e

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Most Energy Efficient Sports Car (S) – Sponsored by Auto Express

Entrant: Windreich AG ME 2012

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Most Energy Efficient Light Commercial Vehicle (max 3.5 tonnes) – Sponsored by RAC Motoring Services

Entrant: Mercedes-Benz Vito Electric Mini Bus

Best Pure Electric Vehicle (EV) – Sponsored by British Gas

Entrant: Windreich AG ME 2012

Best Extended Range Vehicle – Sponsored by British Gas

Entrant: Politecnico Di Torino

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Best Extended-Range Vehicle (E-REV, PHEV) – Sponsored by British Gas

Entrant: XAM 2.0

Best Future Car Public Choice Awards – Sponsored by RAC Motoring Services

Entrant: Windreich AG – ME 2012

3. The Royal Automobile Club Trophy

Best Private Entry – Sponsored by Royal Automobile Club

Entrant: Cree SAM Moto-e3

Technical Panel’s Award of Merit – Sponsored by Royal Automobile Club

Entrant: Jaguar XJ_e

RAC Future Car Challenge Winner – Prototype -Sponsored by Royal Automobile Club

Entrant: Windreich AG – ME 2012

RAC Future Car Challenge Winner – Production – Sponsored by Royal Automobile Club

Entrant: Renault Zoe

Read about Green-Car-Guide’s drive of the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics

Read about last year’s RAC Future Car Challenge

Green-Car-Guide drive of BMW ActiveE in the RAC Future Car Challenge 2011

RAC Future Car Challenge 2011 – Full Results

The Top 10 Green Car Questions

RAC Green Grand Prix