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Brighton to London Future Car Challenge


The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, a showcase for low-energy vehicles, takes place on Saturday 6 November 2010.

Being held for the first time this year, the event will use the traditional 60-mile London to Brighton veteran car run route in reverse.

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is open to the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Trophies will be awarded in different categories for vehicles judged to have made the least energy impact during the 60-mile Brighton to London run.

To ensure that the energy use of each vehicle is measured accurately, special data-logger units have been designed and produced by leading British technology companies, GEMS and Flybrid Systems.

Post-graduate students from Imperial College London will have just one hour to download all the information to calculate the winners in each category. Further in-depth analysis will be carried out by the students back at Imperial College London and each entrant will receive a comprehensive breakdown of the performance of their vehicle.

By the closing date of 30 September, there were more than 60 entries, including EV, HEV, PHEV, HFEV and low-emission ICE vehicles from the majority of the leading vehicle makers of the UK.

The formal 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 more than 100 pre-1905 motor cars in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run International Concours in front of an estimated 250,000 audience.

More than 60 vehicles have entered to participate in this inaugural event. They are coming from manufacturers, institutions, individual motoring pioneers and private owners. The event will be staged, promoted and judged in the three categories – Electric, Hybrid and Internal Combustion Engine. The aim will be to complete the event with the least energy impact.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The Future Car Challenge is set to show off a fantastic range of greener transport choices. I want London to be leaders in the take up of vehicles fuelled by low polluting technologies. This is why we are working hard to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe to improve our air quality, reduce traffic noise and contribute significantly to cutting carbon emissions.”

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