The big winner at the 2011 Future Car Challenge is the new Gordon Murray Design T27 electric car recognized as the best overall entry. This is a 60-mile eco-rally meant to introduce the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the industry. Over 65 super-frugal cars, MPVs and LCVs were featured at the yearly Brighton to London event that was inaugurated in 2010.
A Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, Citroen Nemo van and Peugeot 508 e-HDI are among the entrants. There are five energy classes for this event: pure electric (EV), extended range/plug in hybrid (E-REV/PHEV), hybrid (H, HEV), hydrogen (HFEV) and internal combustion engine (ICE) that could return up to 110g/km Co2 emissions.
The T27 prototype (previously T25) won the small car EV category for the second year in a row. The Smart Fortwo coupe won as the best production EV while the Nissan Leaf won as the most efficient regular production car. The Peugeot 508 e-HDI was named the most efficient large car at this event. The Mini Cooper D was named best-performing ICE vehicle.
The most efficient sports car is the Tesla Roadster. Citroen’s electric Nemo prototype van took top prize as the most efficient LCV. The rivals who participated in the event include Autocar editor Jim Holder and editor-in-chief Steve Cropley. The rankings haven’t been confirmed yet but it’s believed that Holder used 11kWh/100km of energy in a Volkswagen Golf e-motion. Furthermore, Cropley can achieve about 55mpg and have CO2 emissions of just 89g/km Co2 in a Land Rover Range-e.