RAC Future Car Challenge: competition hotting up

There’s going to be some serious competition in this weekend’s RAC Future Car Challenge. Why? Because the Global Fuel Economy Initiative – the world’s leading authority on vehicle efficiency – has joined the competitors’ ranks.

The Future Car Challenge consists of a 63-mile run from Brighton to London on 3rd November to see which team can use the least amount of energy. We say energy as not all cars will be fuelled using liquid hydrocarbons.

However, the GFEI’s entry will be. The team has opted for a Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi Eco – a vehicle that performed extremely well in the recent RAC MPG marathon, achieving an average of 101mpg over the competition.

What’s the point in a load of ecomobiles trundling the 63 miles from the south coast up to the capital though, you might be thinking?

Well, for one, it won’t just be super-frugal diesel hatchbacks taking part. Last year, vehicles from Lotus, Range Rover and Jaguar were among the list of entrants, showcasing new technologies and alternatives for fossil fuel propellants in luxury and sporting cars.


The RAC’s Future Car Challenge has garnered great traction and much respect in its short existence. As awareness of low energy use and low emissions vehicles in the UK begins to grow – whether it’s through personal choice or the financial penalties levied on big gas guzzlers – the Future Car Challenge is becoming increasingly important.

Now the world’s leading organisation for creating awareness about improving fuel efficiency across the world’s automotive landscape is on board, projects like this are continually growing in size and improving peoples’ knowledge.

UK car sales were up by 7.9% in May 2012. But sales of hybrid petrol-electric, electric-only and range extending cars were up 31.8% over the same period – way ahead of the curve.

We’re not saying everyone should buy a hybrid, or an electric car, or a range extender. But to consider the environmental impact of a new car purchase (even if the decision on which vehicle you should buy next is driven by money and running costs) is what the RAC’s Future Car Challenge is about.

Follow the teams this weekend as the event gets underway – and come back next week for a full rundown of the 2012 event!