No need for speed in GCC hybrid-electric challenge



Abu Dhabi // The UAE is famed as a host of international motor races – but the latest event does not champion the need for speed.

For once, the fastest car will not be the winner – it will be the one that travels farthest using the least fuel.

More than 100 students from across the GCC arrived in the capital on Thursday for the Taqa GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge.

The teams competing in Friday’s main race were given only a basic kit and a few months to build a hybrid, one-seater vehicle.

They must use their own knowledge to ensure maximum fuel efficiency along the course, at Al Forsan in Khalifa City.

“We were very excited and wanted to be involved when we heard about it a semester ago,” said Hajar Rabie, 20, who is representing one of the three Petroleum Institute teams in the competition. More info