Ford Takes Up The Electric Challenge
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:20
Ford have confirmed they are taking part in the electric car challenge taking place on the 3rd and 4th June at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
Trevor Willis, 2012 British Hill Climb Champion and current leader of this years championship will be driving the new Ford Focus Electric in this newly created class for The Midland Automobile Club’s British Racing Green hill climb event.
The Midland Automobile Club invited all the car manufacturers to enter a variety of classes with the electric class being the main focus, as the venue looks to create some new history at the 112 year old venue.
Ford will be entering their brand new Focus Electric a zero-emission 5-door hatchback which can travel up to 225 km (140 miles) on a single battery charge and is powered by a 145 PS (107 kW) electric motor, and a 33.5 kilowatt-hour battery. Both the battery and motor are liquid-cooled and – heated, helping the new Ford Focus Electric be more energy-efficient and extending the battery lifespan
Mark Constanduros, Commercial Manager for Shelsley Walsh commented “We have had a lot of interest in this new class and it is wonderful to see Ford enter their new Focus Electric and to have the current leader of this years British Hill Climb Championship Trevor Willis as their driver is a real coup!”
“This aspect of the event is new for us and one we would like to build on over the next few years, giving the manufacturers a home to promote their products in a live environment in front of potential customers.”
“For Shelsley Walsh it marks another moment in its history books as we invite manufacturers back to this historic venue and create some new history.”
British Racing Green takes place on the 3rd and 4th June to celebrate all things British, Racing and Green or evokes the spirit of British Racing Green, with electric power being the greenest and fastest developing form of power.