The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) has confirmed it will take part in next month’s RAC Future Car Challenge.
Whoever drives for the Kia Rio 1.1 CRDI ‘1’ Eco from Brighton to London on November 3 on behalf of the GFEI will have a decent chance of appearing on the winner’s list.
That’s because this particular Rio did spectacularly well in the recent MPG Marathon, achieving 101mpg.
Typically, that would have made it the overall winner however a pesky Ford Fiesta went one (or seven) better with 108mpg. More on that here.
Sheila Watson, Director of Environment at the FIA Foundation, seemed excited about the annual fuel economy challenge.
“Across the event, performance in fuel economy has improved each year of the challenge,” she said. “We’re expecting the Future Car Challenge this year to provide another fascinating test.
“[It] really does highlight some of the key issues in vehicle fuel economy – particularly the role of driving technique, the on road performance as compared to the official mpg, and the scope for even more improvement with all vehicle technologies.”
This will be the third annual Future Car Challenge with the GFEI sponsoring the event each time.
The GFEI believes that CO2 emissions in all vehicles could be halved by 2050 just by using existing cost effective technologies. Again, more on that here.
The vehicles set to participate was also published this week [link] and one notable omission was the T.27 electric car from Gordon Murray Design, which has won the event twice before.
Click here for more details on the RAC Future Car Challenge.
John has been writing about cars since the start of 2011, with a particular fondness for models with USB connectivity and a serious distaste for steering wheels with too many buttons. Can often be found trying to seduce 1.0-litre engines. When away from things that go brum, apostrophe snob John can often be found making noise with varying degrees of musicality.
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