If you happen to find yourself along the 60-mile stretch between London and Brighton in the UK this weekend, you may witness an interesting phenomenon. On Sunday, the flow of traffic will feature the automotive past flowing from North to South whilst a day earlier, greener vehicles of the present and future will be rolling South to North. That is to say, while the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run continues its long-running annual parade tradition featuring over 100 pre-1905 horseless carriages, the first ever RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Brighton to London Future Car Challenge (BLFCC) will precede it on Saturday. A similar eco event took place last year.

There is quite a diverse assortment of powertrains among the 64 expected participants in the inaugural event, among them low-emission internal combustion, hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell and all-electric machines. Besides just looking pretty, they will also be a little friendly competition to see who can complete the journey most efficiently and trophies and awards will be handed out. If you''d like to see all the entries in London, there will be a formal finish in Pall Mall before they move onto a ceremonial finish on Regent Street where organizers expect (perhaps optimistically) as many as 250,000 spectators.

Some of the vehicles entered have never before seen British asphalt and we look forward to seeing some pics of those lesser-known rides, including an electrified Volkswagen Caddy Maxi by Energetique and the Proton Exora Extended Range EV. Check out the entire entry list (PDF) to see if your personal favorite is among them.

[Source: Brighton to London Future Car Challenge]


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