Feeds

E-car driven from Dover to Calais

John Surtees goes for subterranean spin

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Leccy Tech Veteran racing driver John Surtees has become the first man to drive from Britain to France in an electric car.

John_Surtees_at_midpoint

John Surtees at the Channel Tunnel's halfway point
Credit: David Barzilay

Surtees – the only man to ever win world championships on both four and two wheels – yesterday drove a prototype Ginetta G50EV through the 31-mile Channel Tunnel that runs from Dover to Calais.

The drive was designed to celebrate Eurotunnel's 15th anniversary, while also raising awareness for the Burlington Beaujolais Run (BBR) – an annual car-themed charity event.

Surtees actually drove through one of the Channel Tunnel’s service passageways, meaning his speed was limited to 31mph – rather than the G50EV's 120mph top-end.

The racing veteran also stopped at the tunnel’s halfway point, where French and British diggers first met in 1990 for a photo call as they signed the tunnel’s wall.

emerging_from_Eurotunnel

Surtees and his G50EV emerge in Calais

Register Hardware’s dream of some in-tunnel Italian Job-style tunnel acrobatics wasn't fulfilled, sadly.

Thirty-five conventionally powered sports cars also travelled the same distance through the tunnel – but aboard the passenger shuttle - before continuing down to BBR’s final destination of Mâcon in the Bourgogne region of eastern France. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.