Auto agenda: fast and green racing
Friday 25 March 2011
After the delayed opening race of the Formula One season in Melbourne, Australia, a race of an entirely different sort takes place in Monaco next week. The 5th Alternative Energy Rally pits the world's greenest vehicles against each other in a four-day event, finishing in the port of Monaco April 3.
Australian Grand Prix
The season gets underway in Melbourne this year, after the cancellation of Bahrain's opener earlier in the month. This year will see the reintroduction of Pirelli as a tire supplier (potentially changing pit stop strategy) and the use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) boosters, bringing hybrid power to several teams' cars for the first time.
5th Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally
March 29 - April 3
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Ten nationalities are set to race cars from 28 manufacturers in this annual race, which seeks to identify the greenest, fastest vehicles over a four-day rally. The Citroen C-Zero, Smart Fortwo Electric and Nissan Leaf will all be taking to the three-leg race which ends with a ceremony at the port of Monaco on Sunday April 3.
8th Korean International Motor Show
The Korean Motor Show hosts several high-profile unveilings from major Korean automakers such as Hyundai, Kia, Ssangyong and GM Daewoo. Over 1 million visitors are expected to attend this year's show, which is run in conjunction with several seminars on the automotive industry.
8th Top Marques Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
With the strapline "see it, drive it, buy it!", this is an auto show unashmedly geared to the superwealthy, who converge upon the principality for the four-day forum of top-end cars and - bizarrely - watches. Over €100 million worth of cars sold last year, and with the auto market recovery well underway, that figure may rise with the eighth edition.
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