Huge support for future car challenge
The 2011 Royal Automobile Club’s Future Car Challenge is gaining support with more than 60 entries from automakers to punt their green-friendly vehicles and concepts.
Peugeot will enter its 3008 HYbrid4 diesel and 508 e-HDi and iOn, winner of the Next Green Car Awards 2011.
Proton is sending three development cars - the Exora REEV, Saga EV and Persona Elegance REEV. Another rare vehicle on the entry list is a BMW ActiveE, entered by BMW UK, an all-electric version of the BMW 1 Series coupe.
Other major automakers who have entered models not yet in production include Opel’s new Ampera, Chevrolet's Volt and Toyota’s Prius PHEV and Auris Hybrid. Renault UK has entered two electric Kangoos and a third electric vehicle yet to be revealed.
VW will enter three models, its Passat BlueMotion and two 2013 model-year Golf Blue-e-motion EVs, the wining car of last the 2010 inaugural Future Car Challenge.
Many smaller manufacturers, academic institutions, privately owned firms and individuals have supported the RAC Future Car Challenge including Gordon Murray Design, Zytek Automotive, Imperial College London, Eindhoven University of Technology, EEMS Accelerate and Windreich of Germany.
Specialist vehicles entering the challenge include Delta E-4 Coupé with a potential range of up to 321km; Ecotricity’s Nemesis which has a top speed of 273km/h and the Lightning GT sports car with potential quick recharge time of ten minutes.
Motorsport personalities will have a chance to drive vehicles from many of the entrants.
Former F1 designer, Gordon Murray, will drive one his Gordon Murray Design vehicles while TV presenter Quentin Willson will be taking part in a modified Fiat 500.
Meanwhile, Grand Designs TV programme presenter, Kevin McCloud, will drive a Delta E-4 Coupé, one of the carbon fibre-bodied electric four-seaters built by Silverstone-based Delta Motorsport.
McLoud says: “The RAC Future Car Challenge is all about showing what a more energy-efficient, cleaner and healthier motoring future could look like and I’m very excited to be able to take part in an event that demonstrates how environmentally friendly cars can be sleek and sexy as well as whole-grain organic."
The RAC Future Car Challenge will run from Brighton to London on November 5, 2011.