Ex-F1 designer wins low carbon car competition

A compact, unusual-looking car by ex-F1 designer Gordon Murray triumphed at the second annual RAC’s Future Car Challenge this weekend. The competition aim is to use as little energy as […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A compact, unusual-looking car by ex-F1 designer Gordon Murray triumphed at the second annual RAC’s Future Car Challenge this weekend. The competition aim is to use as little energy as possible to drive the 60-mile route from Brighton to London.

It was the second year-running that a car by Mr Murray was the overall winner. The designer said: “It is the first time we have showcased the T.27 on the UK roads. This is the only event in the world that demonstrates real cars, in real conditions, that is measured independently and in the public eye. It’s a fantastic showcase for technology.”

Among the contenders were British Formula One, 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and TV presenter Quentin Willson. A team from Energy Live News also took part, driving a Schneider Electric-sponsored Nissan Leaf. Manufacturers who entered low carbon vehicles in the challenge included BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Volkswagen and Land Rover.