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Future Car Challenge

Many of us will have heard of the London to Brighton Veteran car run.

It’s an annual event that takes place on the first Sunday of November, and and commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which marked the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act.

The Act raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot.

That event takes place this Sunday, but in a twist on that theme, tomorrow the RAC has organized the Future Car Challenge (www.futurecarchallenge.com).

It will run in the opposite direction and had more than 60 vehicles – some production cars and some prototypes – and will be a test of the latest low-emission technology.

Diesel, hybrid, battery electric and fuel-cell vehicles will take part, and Fleet News will also be there.

We will be driving a Toyota Auris Hybrid and will be attempting to drive the route – like many other competitors – using the least amount of energy possible.

So check back here over the weekend to find out how we did, and if you use Twitter, I will also be attempting live updates on the Fleet News account: http://twitter.com/_FleetNews, as well as my own: http://twitter.com/IAmSimonHarris.

And as a result of my Welsh heritage, I will also be representing Wales in a ‘cup of nations’ mini event organized by Toyota. Journalists from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England will be competing against each other for honours.

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