You might think the Goodwood Festival of Speed is simply a paradise for petrolheads, but this year the famous motoring celebration is now flying the flag for green motoring.
The festival, taking place from 1 to 3 July 2011 near Chichester, West Sussex, will showcase the best of green performance vehicles, including the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid car in its British debut. There’ll also be the record-breaking Peugeot EX1 on show, a speedy electric car that can reach 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
Other green vehicles at the festival will include the Peugeot HR1 petrol hybrid car and the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which will be attempting to break the record for making the fastest reverse hill climb up the Goodwood racecourse.
Unlike normal petrol cars which can’t be driven fast in reverse, electric cars like the Nissan can, theoretically, go as fast backwards as they can forwards. It’s thought that the specially modified Leaf could reach up to 90mph in reverse, although production models have a limiter on reverse gear for safety reasons.
The event is expected to attract some 175,000 visitors, so it can only be good that so many people will get to see the potential for green motoring.
Elsewhere in the country, electric and energy efficient cars have been getting a welcome boost. London is seeing the raid expansion of charging points throughout the capital, while conventional petrol cars are also undergoing environmental overhauls and getting cheaper.
And if you’ve joined the growing number of people who are ditching their cars altogether, but still need to use a car from time to time, then car clubs and green car hire is the way to go.