Golf Blue-e-Motion enjoys RAC Future Car Challenge win

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Volkswagen’s Golf Blue-e-Motion has won its class at this year’s RAC Future Car Challenge, which took place last weekend.

Repeating last year’s success, this year the Blue-e-Motion was piloted by Folko Rohde, an electric motoring engineer with Volkswagen, and co-driver Fabienne Kleinert. The route began at Brighton’s Madeira Drive and ended 92 kilometres (57 miles) later, on Pall Mall, a street in the City of Westminster, London. Competing in the Prototype class, the Golf went home with the Most Energy Efficient Regular Car title.

Returning a figure of 12.1 kWh, the Golf was, understandably, some way off the overall winning (microscopic) Gordon Murray Design T.27 (7.0 kWh), but streets ahead of the highest-placed Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (27.6).

Electricity from a lithium-ion battery, with an energy capacity of 26.5 kWh, feeds the motor, which develops a maximum power of 85 kW/114 hp and a continuous output of 50 kW (67 hp). 270Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque is available as soon as you step on the loud (or quiet) pedal. A range of around 150 kilometres (93 miles) is possible, depending on driving style and use of systems such as air conditioning. Volkswagen plans to have a production version of the Golf blue-e-motion in showrooms by 2013.

[Source: Volkswagen]


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