The Delta E-4 is an electric car to be reckoned with. Built by Delta Motorsport at their base at the Silverstone race circuit its green credentials are not limited to the power train, though that is impressive enough. Simon Dowson and his team recognise the necessity of not only using the cleanest energy around (leaving aside for the moment the crucial issue of the carbon content of grid electricity) but also the importance of designing a vehicle which, through things like aerodynamics and light-weighting, requires the least amount of energy to propel it forward.
Taking all this into account Delta has still produced a highly attractive and desirable car which looks good, drives well and is encouragingly green. Compared with many electric cars its performance is notable: 0-60mph in four seconds, masses of mid-range torque and a range of up to 200 miles. Overall it is a car you want to drive rather than merely feel you should drive.
The RAC Foundation is delighted to be teaming up with Delta for the 2011 RAC Future Car Challenge which will showcase around 80 of the latest eco-friendly cars in a run from Brighton to London.
We are equally pleased to have the C4 Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud behind the wheel. Kevin’s interest in sustainable living goes beyond the small screen. He is the founder and director of Hab Housing. Of one of his projects, he says:
“Hab Oakus is working with Swindon Borough Council and local people to ensure that the Triangle project serves as a springboard to introduce initiatives such as car clubs and local food networks which will benefit the wider community and Swindon as a whole.”
The RAC Foundation is one of the sponsors of the FCC. Our reason for supporting the event is to show that low-carbon technology is not futuristic but available now. However, we are realistic about what it can deliver in the short-term and how things such as price will continue to exclude some motorists from the changes going on, especially in the near-term.
Before anything else, the population needs to be engaged with environmental debate and to understand some of the issues involved in it. The Future Car Challenge helps foster that conversation – as does the involvement of people like Kevin McCloud.