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Motorcycles Invited to Participate in Future Car Challenge

20 August 2010 - The Royal Automobile Club has widened the scope of its all-new Brighton to London
Future Car Challenge (BLFCC) motoring event to include not only cars but motorcycles and light
commercial vehicles as well. The decision to encourage entries from a wider field is the result of special
interest from both the motorcycle and commercial vehicle industries in participating in the inaugural
event.

The BLFCC will take place on Saturday 6 November. Up to 100 of the latest electric, hybrid and low-
emission internal combustion engine passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles will
drive the 60 miles from Brighton to London to demonstrate the efficiency of today’s new pioneering
vehicles in terms of energy.

“We originally only envisaged interest related to passenger cars,” said Ben Cussons, Chairman of The
Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee. “However we have had several approaches from people
involved in the development of future technology related to motorcycles and commercial vehicles and
welcome their participation.       As our aim is to encourage new technology that reduces the
environmental effect of vehicles, then these vehicles are just as relevant as cars.”

The BLFCC is not a race, but a challenge to demonstrate overall new-energy performance with the
participating vehicles being judged on their minimum energy impact during the run. The BLFCC is open
to road-legal; concept, development, pre-production and production vehicles that feature and promote
new/alternative energy. Prizes will be awarded for each category winner, with the overall winner being
presented with the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Gold Medal.

Entry information can be found at www.futurecarchallenge.com


ENDS

About the Event
The Brighton to London Future Car Challenge takes place on Saturday 6 November, the day before the
Royal Automobile Club’s world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR). Starting at
Madeira Drive, this unique live event will use the traditional 60-mile veteran car run route in reverse.

Provisional Timings:
Start (Madeira Drive, Brighton) at 08:30 to 09:00.
Half-way stop (Crawley) 09:30 to 10:30.
Finish (Pall Mall, London) 11:15 to 12:30
Presentation (Regent Street, London) 12:30 to 16:00.
The formal finish will be in Pall Mall/St James’s Square followed by a special ceremonial finish and
presentation in Regent Street. Here, the vehicles will join the display of more than 100 pre-1905 motor
cars in the LBVCR International Concours in front of an estimated 250,000 audience.

More than 50 vehicles are expected to participate in this inaugural event. Entries will come from
manufacturers, institutions, businesses individual motoring pioneers and private owners. The event will
be staged, promoted and judged in the three groups – Passenger Cars, Light Commercial Vehicles (3.5
tonne) and Motorcycles and three categories within each group – Electric, Hybrid and IC Engine. Within
each category, entries will be measured in various modes for the energy used during the drive from
Madeira Drive to Pall Mall. The challenge will be to complete the event with the least energy impact.

Each of the group/category winners will receive an engraved Royal Automobile Club trophy and the
overall winner will receive the coveted Royal Automobile Club Gold Medal. There will also be an award
for the best private entry and each classified finisher will receive a Club medal and certificate.

The Brighton to London Future Car Challenge will be judged by the event's Technical Panel comprising:
Ben Cussons, Chairman (The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee), Richard Parry-Jones
(industry), John Wood (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), Dr Ricardo Martinez-Botas (Imperial
College London) Steve Cropley (Autocar) and John Hilton (Flybrid Systems).

Since its creation in 1897, The Royal Automobile Club has actively supported and promoted the
development of motoring in Great Britain including the introduction of the famous 1000 Mile Trial of
1900; the first motor race (the Tourist Trophy) in 1905; the first British Grand Prix in 1926 and, since
1930, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. This celebrates the Emancipation Run of November
1896, an historic event that promoted and demonstrated the capabilities of the then recently invented
horseless carriage at a time when electric and steam power, as well as the internal combustion engine,
were competing for mass-production dominance.

For more information including regulations and entry form, visit www.futurecarchallenge.com

The Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is kindly sponsored by Goodyear and The RAC Foundation
and supported by; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Imperial College London; City of
Westminster, Brighton & Hove City Council, Crawley Borough Council, Central Sussex College and the
Regent Street Association.

The Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is organised and promoted on behalf of The Royal
Automobile Club by Motion Works – the organising team of the annual LBVCR.


Dermot Bambridge
Press Officer, Motoring Media
Motion Works (LBVCR) Limited
Silverstone Innovation Centre, Silverstone Circuit Northamptonshire NN12 8GX England
Tel: +44(0)1327 856 024
Mob: +44(0)7900 886 850
Fax: +44(0)1327 856 025
Email: dermot@motion-works.co.uk




The Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is organised and promoted on behalf of The Royal Automobile Club by Motion Works.
Motion Works (LBVCR) Limited Silverstone Innovation Centre Silverstone Circuit Northamptonshire NN12 8GX England
Tel: +44(0)1327 856 024 Fax: +44(0)1327 856 025 Email: info@motion-works.co.uk Web: www.futurecarchallenge.com
Company Registered in England & Wales Registration No: 6778415 Registered Office: 76 New Cavendish Street London W1G 9TB England

				
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