At the Future Car Challenge rally this past Saturday in the UK, over 60 low-emissions vehicles competed in a journey from Brighton to London. Only, the winners weren't the cars that got there first--but rather, the cars that spent the least energy doing so. The event was sponsored by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), which is something like the British equivalent of AAA. Here, a slideshow of some of the most eye-catching entrants.
Cars were entered in the rally by a mixture of manufacturers, institutions, private owners, and "individual motoring pioneers."
Many of the cars had never been seen on UK roads before Saturday's event.
The event was attended by loads of British celebrities you probably haven't heard of, like Quentin Willson, Nick Mason, and Paddy Hopkirk. This may or may not be one of them pictured here.
There were cars of all makes and models: big names like Honda, Toyota, BMW, and Ford, but also lesser-knowns like Gordon Murray Designs and TATA Motors Ltd. One hydrogen powered prototype was worth well over half a million pounds, according to the Guardian.
Here, a Gordon Murray vehicle. Gordon Murray wound up with two trophies at the end of the day.
The rally was staged and judged in three different categories--electric, hybrid, and internal combustion engine.
The cars inched along through London traffic, breathlessly watching their energy gauges, eager to claim the grand prize: the coveted Royal Automobile Club Gold Medal.
While the grand prize went to a Volkwagen Golf blue-e-motion, there were also 17 category prizes. With environmentally-friendly cars, everyone's a winner!

Future Cars on Parade

At the Future Car Challenge rally this weekend in the UK, over 60 low-emissions vehicles competed in a journey from Brighton to London. Only, the winners weren't the cars that got there first--but rather, the cars that spent the least energy doing so. The event was sponsored by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), which is something like the British equivalent of AAA. Here, a slideshow of some of the most eye-catching entrants.

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