Excitement over electric

2010 Tesla Roadster SportThe early entry list for the 2011 RAC Future Car Challenge proves that zero emissions can bring high excitement.

Taking place on Saturday November 5 this year, the opening list of vehicles taking part in this year’s challenge reads more like the starting grid of a motor race than a competition for low-energy vehicles.

The Royal Automobile Club event has also received the backing of three times Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

“The motor vehicle in modern times has enjoyed continuous development and abuse of energy however has become unacceptable to many,” said Jackie.

“To encourage better use of this great currency I congratulate the Royal Automobile Club in their initiative to promote new ways of achieving results for the motorised community”.

First entries received for the 2011 event provides a striking line-up of EV sports cars from Radical SRZero supercar, Tesla Roadster, Delta E4 Electric Coupe, Vortex EV Coupe and the Ecotricity Nemesis.

The Tesla Roadster is well-known as the first production electric sports car as well as being one of the fastest. The British built Nemesis benefits from a similar lightweight structure to the Tesla but uses a different cell and motor arrangement. A speed of 170mph makes it possibly the world’s fastest electric vehicle.

Their rival comes in the shape of the Delta E4 Electric Coupe which has a high-tech carbon fibre design with impressive performance on electric power.

The Vortex EV Coupe uses a lightweight, pared-back design and with a target weight of under 600kg the Vortex Sports Electric will be capable of blasting 0 to 60mph in under six seconds.

Although these confirmed entries are electric, the RAC Future Car Challenge is also open to hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission internal combustion engine cars and light-commercial vehicles.

The challenge requires entrants to cover a 60-mile route from Brighton to London – mirroring the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The overall winner will be the car that uses the least amount of energy over the route.

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