80 Day Race Around The World Without Fossil Fuel

Originally posted on EcoWorldly.com“>EcoWorldy

The organizers of the 80 Day Race are challenging teams of two or more to make their way around the world in 80 days without burning one drop of fossil fuel. Is such a thing even possible? Jules Verne envisioned a similar race in his famous book Around the World in 80 Days about a bet by a wealthy British sportsman that he could circumnavigate the globe in a stunningly short 80 days. Remember, this was in 1872, before the invention of the internal combustion engine.

The modern race is scheduled to begin in Europe in April, 2016 and work its way east across Asia to China, then travel though North and South America before returning to Europe. The route will visit 8 of the world’s major cities along the way. Contestants may choose their own route and determine what means of transportation they will use, just as long as they pass through those 8 cities en route.  Here’s what the organizers have to say:

The 80 Day Race project is inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around The World In 80 Days, betting that new means of transportation make it possible to achieve this challenge. At that time in 1873, steam powered vehicles were about to replace horses. Today, we’re facing another tipping point in the history of transportation with the first mass market electric vehicles being available. We want to accelerate the transition towards zero emission mobility through an 80 day race around the world.

We raise you a challenge! Will you leave a lasting legacy and help propel humanity into a sustainable future?

But before you can race, you must qualify. Each team will complete an 80 kilometer qualifying race using a non-combustion engine powered vehicle. That vehicle must also be used on one of the legs of the actual race. The winners will be the team that completes the qualifying race and the round the world competition in the shortest time.

According to the promoters, “The basic rules and regulations that teams have to meet are designed to stimulate creativity, innovation and inventiveness.” And yes, this is a business proposition. Each team will have a member of the production company ride along to record the race, much like in the TV series Survivor. The organizers are betting that media companies will pay for the privilege of broadcasting the race.

Are you ready to it your skills and resources against others for the grand prize?  Request your official rules and entry package and get started planning your own personal eco-friendly, sustainable, around the world challenge.

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Steve Hanley

Closely following the transition from internal combustion to electricity. Whether it's cars, trucks, ships, or airplanes, sustainability is the key. Please follow me on Google + and Twitter.