Proton's Exora Extended Range Electric Vehicle got off to a good start when it competed in the first Brighton to London Future Challenge and won.
The contest, organised by the Royal Automobile Club, pits electric, hybrid, and low-emission internal combustion engine passenger cars against each other.
Winners were based on cars with the lowest energy consumption on the 91.2km drive. The different categories available for the Challenge were the Full Electric (EV), Hybrid (HEV) and Extended Range EV (E-REV) and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) with up to 110g/km Co2 emission.
A total of 64 cars from the world's most recognised carmakers and individual parties took part in the Challenge, and Proton participated with the Saga Electric in the EV category and Exora Extended Range EV in the E-REV category.
The Exora Extended Range Electric Vehicle emerged victorious after consuming only 2.2 litres of petrol during the entire Challenge and going against a more prominent name in the global green automotive industry.
Proton's entry into the Future Car Challenge was a collaboration with one of its technology partners, Frazer-Nash Research Ltd.
Proton managing director Datuk Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, who was there to receive both cars at the finish line and the winning award, was delighted with the results.
"To be able to participate in a challenge like this presented a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our technological capabilities and commitment in developing highly efficient fuel vehicles that are also environmentally friendly. It was a means for us to showcase how far we've come in such a short period of time. It is also proof on how Proton is moving forward into the future - and this technology is the right way to do it.
"We entered to benchmark ourselves against the best in the industry, and I believe that with the support of partners like Frazer-Nash, we have shown that our technology is not only at par with the other global OEMs, but can be even better."