Through its European Vauxhall division, General Motors will be the first major manufacturer to enter the third annual RAC Future Car Challenge.
The challenge will take place on Saturday Nov. 3.
Vauxhall has entered three vehicles: a HydroGen4 (a hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric vehicle featuring technology expected to be available to the UK public from 2016), an Astra EcoFlex (a low emission diesel on sale now) and an Ampera (otherwise known as the Volt in North-America).
The Ampera will be driven by Quentin Willson, one of Britain’s best-known motoring authorities and an enthusiastic advocate of electric vehicles.
The interest in the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012 reflects changes to the event which provide even more opportunities for manufacturers to get involved with the Challenge and the Regent Street Motor Show.
The event, which is owned by the Royal Automobile Club, was first introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. It features competitors driving electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission conventional petrol and diesel cars on a 63-mile route from Brighton to London.
Now recognized as the world’s leading low-energy driving challenge, the event is unique in being free to the public to spectate and a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology.
For this year’s running of the event, a revised 63-mile route has been selected with the finish line moved to Regent Street – where the Regent Street Motor Show will be held. This free motor show provides all-day displays of future technology and even the chance to drive an electric car in Mayfair. The show is a unique platform for manufacturers to display and demonstrate their new and future “green” vehicles and developments to the public.