The RAC Future Car Challenge (FCC) took place on Saturday 5 November 2011, the day before The Royal Automobile Club’s world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Starting at Madeira Drive Brighton, this unique live event was use the traditional 60-mile Veteran Run route in reverse and the challenge is to drive from Brighton to London using the least energy possible within the 2hrs 45min minimum and 3hrs 30min maximum time permitted.
Overall winner was former formula 1 designer Gordon Murray and his T.27. Gordon was thrilled “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 and The Royal Automobile Club should be proud of the event. Last year we won with our petrol car the T.25 entry and this year our electric car the T.27. Both of which clearly demonstrates that lightweight is the biggest tool we have for reducing emissions. To win this event is truly special and could not have been achieved without the 50% grant from the Technology Strategy Board and my team."
The public choice award was presented by Sir David Prosser, Chairman Royal Automobile Club, along with Sally Boazman (aka Sally Traffic) from BBC Radio 2 to Delta Motorsport and their stylish Delta E-4 Coupe. Managing Director Simon Dowson said “it is great to get the recognition from the general public” he too praised the Technology Strategy Board programme, and without their support would not be possible”.