This years historic Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb event was opened up to a new classs of vehicle, with hosts The Midland Automobile Club welcoming low emissions and electric cars for the first time.
The revised, longer-range Ford Focus Electric, launched only a few weeks ago, won the electric car class and surprised even the current leader of the British Hill Climb Championship. Trevor Willis accepted Ford’s invitation to drive it and by the end of the weekend was pleasantly surprised with his winning time of 45.29 seconds and was even tempted to take it home.
Renault entered their brand new ZE40 long range ZOE Dynamique driven by journalists Steve Cropley and Sam Sheehan. Between them they set a best time of 48.63 seconds.
Mitsubishi not only provided their stylish Outlander PHEVs for course cars but also entered one in the PHEV class where they finished first in the hands of Simon Clark with a time of 44.78 seconds but also qualified for the SUV class finishing third against the Land Rover Discovery SI6 and the eventual winner Bentley Bentayga.
Mark Constanduros, Commercial Manager for Shelsley Walsh commented
“It was wonderful that some of the manufacturers entered into the event. It caused quite a lot of chatter and also some surprises.”
“The event is a great sales opportunity and I hope that next year more of the manufacturers will get involved as this first event has been a great success. The public loved seeing the cars and being able to get a good look over them.”
Photo Credit: John Charters