Nowadays, we have all heard of hybrid cars and electric vehicles. But one thing is for sure, not everybody has seen or have heard of a gravity-powered car - until now at least.
You might already be aware of Aston Martin’s all electric car that is set to come out in 2019, the RapidE. But even before that comes out, they have already made a special edition V8 Vantage GTE that has zero emissions, which made its way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. What’s cool about this car is that is does not run on an electric powertrain, nor hydrogen but it has less carbon footprint, plus it does not make a lot of noise. So how is that possible, you ask? Well, it is actually a soapbox car that runs on gravity. Sounds very scientific huh?
Aston Martin and Red Bull have always had a good relationship, and the V8 Vantage GTE was built for none other than the Red Bull Soapbox Race that took place on July 9 held in Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
The automotive and energy drink company will ensure that it will be a fair race, so the former promised not to get any tips from Red Bull. It is going to be exciting to witness a soapbox car that uses a gravity-propelled vehicle to race at the “24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally”.
The race is not just about speed like other events, as the design of the soapbox also plays an important role. Prototype Operations Senior Engineer of Aston Martin, Alex Summers will be the one to drive the convertible soapbox during the race. Alongside him are endurance race winners, Darren Turner and Johnny Adam who will be the ones present at the showmanship aspect.
Overall, the winner will be judged based on the look and its performance. The Red Bull Soapbox Race is a lot different from any of the usual Red Bull events that you may have seen before, but it is a fun show to watch.
The company is known to develop powerful performance cars but it doesn’t mean that they cannot build something still powerful, but silent and gives out zero emissions - replacing internal combustion for gravity as its power source. Oh, I may have forgotten to mention that it is also much smaller than an average Aston Martin.A
Aston Martin truly enjoyed the V8 Vantage GTE’s on-track success, and because of this, it was the one they chose for the soapbox entry. The company also said that they plan to have this car join the World Endurance Championship race next week so they need the soapbox to come home in one piece.