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RAC London to Brighton Future Car Challenge

A Vauxhall Ampera nears the finish on the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge

More than 60 vehicles completed the first RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge on Saturday 6 November.

The entrants started in the morning from Madeira Drive, Brighton and finished in Pall Mall. They then moved on to the special ceremonial finish in Regent Street where they joined a display of more than 100 pre-1905 motor cars in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run International Concours.

The event was staged, promoted and judged in three categories – Electric, Hybrid and Internal Combustion Engine. Within each category, entries were measured in various modes for the energy used during the drive from Madeira Drive, Brighton, to Pall Mall, London. The challenge was to complete the event with the least energy impact.

These are the vehicles that won their classes:

A1 – Most Economic Small Passenger EV – TATA Motors Ltd, TATA Indica Vista Electric (Simon Clarke). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

A2 – Most Economical & Environment Friendly Small Passenger EV – TATA Motors Ltd, TATA Indica Vista Electric (Simon Clarke). Sponsored by The Daily Telegraph

C1 – Most Economical Small Passenger ICEV – Gordon Murray Designs Ltd, T.25 City Car (Gordon Murray). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

C2 – Most Economical & Environment Friendly Small Passenger ICEV – Gordon Murray Designs Ltd, T.25 City Car (Gordon Murray). Sponsored by Goodyear

D2 – Most Economic & Environment Friendly Regular Passenger EV – Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Electric (Jim Holder). Sponsored by RAC Foundation

E2 – Most Economic & Environment Friendly Regular Passenger HEV  – Toyota Auris Hybrid (Matt Sanger). Sponsored by What Car? Magazine

F2 – Most Economic & Environment Friendly Regular Passenger ICEV – BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Diesel (David Ward). Sponsored by FIA Foundation

K2 – Most Economic & Environment Friendly Sports EV – Lotus Elise S1 Electric (Russ Sciville). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

L2 – Most Economic & Environment Friendly Sports HEV – Honda UK – Honda CR-Z Hybrid (Edd China/Dan Roberts). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

N2 – Most Economic & Environment Friendly Multi-Purpose Electric vehicle – Zytek Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi Electric (Neil Heslington). Sponsored by Royal Automobile Club

R – Most Economic Light Commercial EV – Nicholson McLaren Citroen Nemo Van Electric (Neil McIntree). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

T – Most Economic Light Commercial ICEV – Ford Fiesta Van 1.6TDCi ECOnetic Diesel (Jay Nagley). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

Best E-Rev Entry – Proton Exora Extended Range EV (Steve Riches). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

Best Fuel-Cell Category – Mercedes-Benz B-Class, F-Cell Hydrogen (Wilfred Stephen). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

The Public Choice – Vauxhall Ampera Extended Range EV – (Andrew Duerden). Sponsored by RAC

Best Overall Private Entry As Chosen By The Event Judges – Lotus Elise S1 Electric (Russ Sciville). Presented by Royal Automobile Club

Best Overall Entry As Chosen By The Event Judges – Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Electric (Jim Holder). Presented by Royal Automobile Club