There will be no RAC Future Car Challenge this year, but never fear, the UK has a new exhibition of the latest and greatest in sustainable motoring; the Sustainable MotoExpo which will take place later this month at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
Among those confirmed to exhibit are the new Bluebird DC50 electric sports car and the Bluebird GTL electric race car, the latter of which is developed to meet the regulations for forthcoming FIA Formula E series. The new DC50 sports car will make its official debut at the show-a limited edition model with just 50 confirmed for production-to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2014 of Donald Campbell's land and water speed records. The model will deliver peak power of up to 360bhp and the ‘acceleration to match a Porsche’.
Featuring electrically operated scissor doors, the model has a range of up to 200 miles per charge and will be available in one body colour only-Bluebird Blue.
A new event for green motoring
Organised by Eco-Motorsports Ltd, the new Sustainable MotoExpo is designed to build on the success of last year's event held on Cheltenham promenade, which attracted more than 10,500 visitors and was attended by business secretary, Dr Vince Cable and by Robert Llewellyn of Red Dwarf TV fame and presenter of the Fully Charged online show.
This year again, Vince Cable will be in attendance to unveil the new Bluebird cars on the opening day of the two day show (September 28), while other exhibitors will include Kingston University’s Electric Bike Phoenix-which unofficially achieved a 160mph land speed record at the Elvington Airfield in York recently and Team Green MotorSport which will display its Peugeot ION that recently completed the WAVE (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) 2013.
The WAVE rally saw 40 electric vehicle teams from all over the world drive from Vienna to Zurich, powered purely by renewable energy. Green MotorSport team collected first prize for Best Car Decoration and was awarded 3rd for the most efficient drive.
Meanwhile, Kingston University, which has been developing electric bikes since 2009, soon hopes to break the 200mph speed record and take part in the Isle of Man TT in 2014.
Two Tesla Model S sedans will also take to the circuit at Beaulieu one of which will be driven to the event by Carl Nielsen, CEO of Clear Drive in Copenhagen, a company that is setting up a Tesla S Limo Service in Copenhagen. Newly on sale in Europe, the Model S electric car can seat up to seven people and achieve a driving range of up 265 miles per charge.
Finally New Forest Environmental-which hires out Renault Twizy electric cars to visitors to the New Forest National Park-will be bringing some of its little electric quadricycles to the show to offer hour-long test drive experiences.
As well as live electric vehicle demonstrations and passenger rides on a 400m circuit, there will now be an electric kart trophy university challenge. Together with live electric vehicle (EV) demonstrations, displays of the latest electric and hybrid cycles, cars and motorbikes, there will be a programme of debates in regards to UK Motor Sport in 2013 and beyond.
There will also be a strong presence from universities and colleges which focus on automotive and motor sport engineering to give them a chance to showcase their latest research and technology.
One day admission tickets cost £14 for adults and £9 per child. Family tickets are also available.
Entry includes access into all of the Sustainable MotoExpo talks and seminars running over the weekend, plus entry to the National Motor Museum including the Bond in Motion exhibition, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear.
The Sustainable MotoExpo takes place at Beaulieu and runs September 28 and 29th, 2013. More information is available here: www.sustainable-motoexpo.com.
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