While the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run marks the abolition of the 'Red Flag Act' requiring a man on foot to precede motorised vehicles, next month's eco-rally follows the route in reverse to bring tomorrow's alternative fuel technologies to the capital.
A Ford hydrogen-powered FocusFuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will be the centrepiece of the blue oval's line up crossing the Trafalgar Square finish line. The Ford Explorer FCV prototype will be Europe's first glimpse of the latest North America-developed fuel cell system achieving a range of 350 miles on the zero-emission fuel.
Accompanying the FCV will be the Focus Flexifuel cars, representing the only real low-carbon models that are on sale now: Ford Focus and C-MAX Flexifuel bioethanol/gasoline cars. The Focus was the first Flexifuel car on sale in Britain and in early 2008 Flexifuel versions of the new Ford Mondeo plus S-MAX and Galaxy models will be put on sale by Ford.
More about the eco-rally here.