Future Car Challenge 2011 report
* Brighton to London run * Awards for least energy used * Won by Gordon Murray Design T.27...
The second Future Car Challenge was on Saturday, November 5.
This year 64 vehicles both production and prototype models - completed the 60-mile route from Brighton to London, all aiming to use as little energy as possible. There were categories for fully electric, extended-range electric (cars with an electric motor supplemented by a small petrol engine that acts as a generator on longer journeys), hybrid- and hydrogen-powered vehicles, as well as vehicles with an internal combustion engine.
Each car was fitted with a data-logger to measure the amount of energy consumed over the route, with the results converted to kW-h.
The overall winner and most efficient - was former F1 designer Gordon Murray, driving his own Gordon Murray Design T.27, a prototype electric city car, with a figure of 7 kW-h.
Here are some of the other 18 category winners:
• Most Energy-Efficient Small Car (Production) - No. 2, Smart fortwo electric coupe
• Most Energy-Efficient Small Car (Prototype) - No. 27, T.27 Gordon Murray Design
• Most Energy-Efficient Regular Car (Production) - No. 3, Nissan Leaf
• Most Energy Efficient Regular Car (Prototype) - No. 43, VW Gold Blue e-motion
• Most Energy-Efficient Large Car (Production) - No. 42, Peugeot 508 e-HDI
• Most Energy-Efficient Sports Car (Production) - No. 18, Tesla Roadster
• Best Overall Pure Electric Vehicle - No. 27, T.27 Gordon Murray Design
• Best Overall Extended Range/Plug-In Hybrid (E-REV, PHEV) Vehicle - No. 41, Proton Exora REEV and No. 21, Toyota Prius Plus-In Hybrid
• Best Overall Hybrid (HV, HEV) Vehicle - No. 68, Honda Insight
• Best Overall Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicle - No. 67, Mini Cooper D Olympic Edition
• Best Overall Vehicle On Sale At Time Of Event - No. 3, Nissan Leaf
• Best Overall Private Entry - No. 8, Lotus Elise S1 Electric
• Best Overall Entry - RAC Future Car Challenge Winner, no. 27, T.27 Gordon Murray Design
• People's Choice - No. 44, Delta E4 Coupe