May 1, 2010
Probably the most advanced center in Central Europe’s automotive hub, the Audi motor factory gave ground to the 5th annual race of zero emission electric, hydrogen- and fuel cell driven cars, go-karts and motorbikes.The rules follow the original rules of the Grand Prix of the infant automotive industry a hundred years ago. The aim is similar: to build fast cars that can cover long distances and become commercially viable.
The Alliance of Alternatively Driven Vehicles and the INNO-MOBIL Sport Club with the contribution of the Széchenyi István University at Gy?r started the Széchenyi races in 2006. The number of teams, and prizes and the interest is growing fast. The 5th race had around five dozen teams who were competing in nine categories. Industry analysts predict that we’re almost halfway from the first race of university students and inventors to the new Formula 1 (maybe Formula 0?) when the teams will represent leading manufacturers or component-makers of a new industry.
Hungary has a very long tradition in car-making, halted by Soviet planning, but re-started when the wall came down. Some of the greatest innovators of the automotive industry were Hungarians in the very start, and the first (later Formula 1) Grand Prix winner was a Hungarian citizen, Ferenc Szisz in a Renault car. The automotive industry is the biggest industry of Hungary and neighboring Slovakia, and the factory that hosts the races is probably the most advanced motor factory in Europe that powers the prestigious Audi cars.
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You can also vote here in the Cl!ckAboutIt photo contest to give some recognition to the zero emission race.Author : Dániel Antal