August 15, 2006

First ever around-the-world race for alternative fuel vehicles announced

Orange, California – Alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles will be competing in a first-ever around-the-world race in 2008 to prove the viability of the latest in sustainable automotive technology. “Great Race World 35,000 km New York to Paris 2008” will offer a US$1 million prize to the Innovation Technology division winner.

To commemorate the centennial of the “Greatest Auto Race” of 1908, “Great Race World 35,000 km” will start in New York City on February 12, 2008 and finish 80 days later at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on May 1, 2008.

The competition will feature both alternative and classic vehicles in one race; cars from 1969 or earlier will compete in the Classic division, for a purse of US$500,000. The alternative division was created in the spirit of the original 1908 race, which intended to prove the commercial viability of the new internal combustion engine. After racing in special challenges across the U.S., the cars will ship to Shanghai to continue across Eurasia and Europe. The event stops in more than 50 cities and covers more than 22,530 km, some of it across the most desolate landscapes on earth.

Private teams, manufacturers and educational institutions are welcome to apply in either division. For more information, visit

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