October 22, 2007
Hybrid cars to compete in 100th Anniversary Great Race in 2008
New York, New York – The 100th anniversary of the 1908 New York to Paris “Great Race” will be held next year, with ten teams driving electric hybrid cars in the Innovation Class. The teams, known as “hypermilers”, will attempt to complete the 35,000 km course by driving as efficiently as possible.
The race is the first in a series of MPG (Miles Per Gallon) Challenges, created in partnership with hybrid car festival Hybridfest Inc. In a re-creation of the first Great Race, the 2008 edition will feature classic cars, renewable-fuel-powered cars and hybrids travelling across North America, Asia and Europe in 65 days.
The MPG category will be part of the Innovation Class, one of two competitive categories in the race, and will attempt to achieve the best fuel economy while driving a predetermined course at assigned speeds. Classic vehicles at least 25 years old are participating in the Schuster Class, named for the winning driver in 1908. The race will start May 30, 2008 in New York City and finish in Paris on August 2nd.
The original race began on February 12, 1908, when six automobiles left Times Square in New York. Three of the teams finished in Paris, two in July and one in September.