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.