MINI brings star drivers to RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 6, 2010

This weekend, the UK will have its RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, which is expected to prove the country’s effectiveness as an eco-vehicle promoter. In this 60-mile race, the most efficient vehicles win.

MINI said that it will participate and will send its famed drivers: former British and World Rally Champion, Paddy Hopkirk and Prodrive boss, David Richards.

According to the press release, the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be displayed at the inaugural RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge.

Awards will be given in various categories for the most energy efficient vehicles that complete the 60-mile Brighton to London run beginning in Brighton at 8am.

Those interested can view these cars at Regent Street from 12.30am till 4pm. Hopkirk will be driving a MINI Cooper D, the brand’s most efficient model. It has a CO2 emissions level of only 99 grams per km and it is able to return 74.3 UK mpg (for the combined cycle). Richards will be behind the wheel of the MINI E, a 100% electric vehicle.

David Richards CBE, Prodrive boss, drove the MINI E, the company's 100% electric powered model. Richards has long been known to be the British and the World Rally Champion. However he is also known for his new successes in motorsport racing.

This latest venture will allow the MINI to make its return to the 2011 World Rally Championship with the MINI Countryman. David is expected to drive a MINI in the 60-mile challenge with Paddy also expected to drive a differently powered one.

The two of them will be doing their best to be energy efficient when driving their own cars. According to Richards, the MINI E is truly an incredible car and the World Rally will be a good venue to showcase its versatility.

Richards shared that he is looking forward to the race and the chance to compete against Paddy to know which is the most efficient. Richards however also said that he may have to reduce his competitive spirit, as Paddy is also likely to do, to make sure to get the most out of their MINIs and grab the win for their classes.

Press Release

MINI teams up with Rally Legends at RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge

Rally legends Paddy Hopkirk and David Richards will go head to head driving MINIs at the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge this weekend. The inaugural RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge will showcase to the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Royal Automobile Club trophies will be awarded in different categories for the most energy efficient vehicles that have completed the 60-mile Brighton to London run starting in Brighton at 8am. These future cars will be on display in Regent Street from 12.30am till 4pm.

Former British and World Rally Champion, Paddy Hopkirk, drove to victory in the Mini Cooper in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. On Saturday 6th November Paddy will be back behind the wheel of a MINI; this time a MINI Cooper D – the brand’s most efficient model, emitting just 99g/km CO2 and achieving an impressive 74.3 mpg (on the combined cycle).

Prodrive boss, David Richards CBE, will drive MINI’s 100% electric powered car – MINI E. As well as being a former British and World Rally Champion, David Richards is today best known for his more recent successes in motorsport. His latest venture will see MINI returning to the World Rally Championship with the latest model – the MINI Countryman in 2011.

Paddy and David will drive the differently powered MINIs in a 60-mile challenge. Each will be trying to be the most efficient in terms of energy used by their respective cars.

David Richards said “The MINI E is an incredible car and this event will highlight its amazing versatility. I am really looking forward to the event and competing against Paddy to see who can be most efficient. However, I will have to dampen down my competitive spirit, as will Paddy, to ensure we get the most miles out of the MINIs to take the trophy in each of our classes.”

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