“New mobility calls for new legends,” that’s the motto of the new electric vehicle competition called 80 Day Race, which, despite having been suspended prior to its premiere in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has kept much of the world very expectant due to its peculiar format.
As its name implies, this novel series consists of an 80-day journey (competition) across the world. But its track will not be conventional at all, as the teams will have to compete in 40,000 kilometers, crossing four continents, two oceans and visiting dozens of charging stations. Without a doubt, planning and strategy will be key for teams.
The inspiration for 80DR stems from the novel called “Around the World in Eighty Days” written in 1873, a time when thanks to fossil fuel technology it was possible to travel around the world in 80 days. Today, thanks to advances in sustainable mobility, this fact will be revived, but now with zero emissions transports.
How will it be?
The race format is pretty straightforward. Each team of drivers will be made up of at least two people: the Team Captain and the Vice Captain; both can change the control of the vehicle, which must be powered by renewable resources.
For the travel between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the organizing body will facilitate the crossing, and each team will receive the same amount of time added to their race.
The squad that completes the race with the least amount of time wins the victory. The winner will receive their title at an awards ceremony.
At least three teams have confirmed their presence at the first edition of 80DR. EVR, Tanguar Racing and Team Torpedo will be the teams that will say “present”, from the hand of quite promising drivers.
80 Day Race was born under the inspiration of a novel called “Around the world in eighty days” by the French writer Jules Verne, which tells the story of a British gentleman who, upon learning that someone stole $ 55,000 from the Bank of England, he has half his fortune to try to capture the malefactor, assuming that he has fled very far.
The capture plan consists of going around the world in a period of 80 days, using the modes of transports from the 19th century.
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