Readers wanted for eco-driving event

  • Take the wheel in a world-first motoring event
  • Join What Car? in low-energy driving competition
  • Event culminates in parade in London’s Regent Street
What Car? is looking for readers to take part in a 21st-century version of the Emancipation Run of November 1896 – the first London-to-Brighton motoring event, which demonstrated the new motoring technology of the day.

On November 6, around 50 electric, hybrid and low-CO2 combustion-engine cars will compete in the RAC’s Future Car Challenge to discover which is the most efficient on a reverse version of the original route, starting in Brighton and ending with a parade and awards ceremony in London’s Regent Street.

What Car? is one of the co-sponsors of the event and will be entering its own car into the Challenge – and we want some of our readers to drive it. We’re looking for three readers to join a What Car? journalist to form Team What Car? and take turns at the wheel in a bid to get the best fuel return in the competition.

You can apply as an individual, in a pair or as a group of three – all applications will receive equal consideration.

The event is taking place on Saturday, 6 November; we’ll put you up in Brighton the night before and treat you to meal out with other members of the What Car? Team, who will be driving cars from various manufacturers in the event.

Cars set off at 30-second intervals from 8.30am on the Saturday morning and are expected to get to central London around 12.30pm, with the Awards ceremony in Regent Street at 3pm and departure at 4pm.

To apply to be part of Team What Car?, please email readertestteam@haynet.com with the following information: your name, age, mobile number, what car you currently drive, the names and ages of any other members of your group if it’s not just you (maximum three in a group in total) and, most importantly, a few lines on why you’d like to take part. All applicants, and any members of their group, must hold a current and valid UK driving licence.

The deadline for applications is next Monday, 4 October. If your application is successful, we’ll let you know by Thursday, 7 October

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