Panda TwinAir klaar voor Kaapstad-Londen avontuur

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Panda TwinAir klaar voor Kaapstad-Londen avontuur

Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Di Jan 22, 2013 19:29

Bron: Italiaspeed.com

Panda TwinAir klaar voor Kaapstad-Londen avontuur
21-01-2013

In 1983 vestigde het Britse leger een nieuw record voor het traject Kaapstad-Londen, een record wat bijna 30 jaar stand heeft gehouden. Dat record werd in 2011 in een Landrover Discovery gebroken met een tijd van 11 dagen en 14 uur. Twee Britse rallyrijders hopen dat record te verbreken in een 2 cilinder, 875cc sterke Fiat panda TwinAir! De auto is uitgerust met een extra grote brandstoftank (goed voor 900 kilometer), een versterkte ophanging, bodemplaat en een volgsysteem, wat ook bij zeilwedstrijden wordt gebruikt. Via een speciale website is de wagen te volgen en ook willen ze hiermee laten zien dat ze zich aan de lokaal geldende snelheden houdt. De rijders, Philip Young en Paul Brace hopen geld in te zamelen voor het project 'Farm Africa', dat agrarische steun biedt in Afrika. Beide mannen hebben ruime ervaring op rallygebied en ook zijn ze bekend met de landen die ze doorkruisen. 1 februari gaan ze van start:

When the British Army set a new World Record for the non-stop drive from Cape Town to London in 1983, they had no idea that their record of 14 days would last for 30 years. On the anniversary, 1 February 2013, a fresh attempt is to be launched, when two British rally drivers, Philip Young and Paul Brace, set out in one of the smallest "eco" city-cars you can buy from a British showroom - a two-cylinder, 875cc Fiat Panda. The two drivers have extensive experience of the route, including driving through Sudan and across the top of North Africa through Libya.
Young and Brace have had the car lightly modified with uprated suspension, a long-range tank, which enables the Panda to drive 600 miles between top-ups, and underbody protection, fitted-out by veteran, long-distance rally driver Tony Fowkes. It also has been equipped with a Yellowbrick tracker, the device which plots yachts in trans-world yacht races, to confirm that their progress is within local speed limits. They leave Cape Town on 1 February and a giant map on a dedicated website will monitor their progress, with the tracker bleeping every 30 minutes. They hope to drive 1,000 miles a day for ten days, to cross the line at Marble Arch on 11 February, at around 6.30pm, the same spot where the RAC Motor Sports Association's Neil Eason Gibson camped out in a deck chair to clock Brigadier John Hemsley's arrival in 1983.

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The best-ever time of 11 days 14 hours for crossing the two Continents from London to Cape Town was set by a Land Rover Discovery two years ago. If the dynamic duo in their tiny Panda can match that target, they ought to also take the trophy for the best-ever time. The total distance is 10,300 miles. The pair are hoping to raise over £10,000 for the UK charity, Farm Africa, which has agricultural projects in several countries along their route. The first record was set in 1933, by a Morris 8; the driver, Alan Gilg, took 5 months and used 15 gallons of oil. This was reduced to 31 days by a journalist from The Motor magazine in 1939, driving a new Wolseley, beaten after the War by the newly-announced Austin Hampshire. Rootes then entered the fray and took the record in a Hillman Minx, beating that in a Humber Snipe, before Eric Jackson snatched the record by just 18 minutes driving a new Ford Cortina 1500 Super.
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Re: Panda TwinAir klaar voor Kaapstad-Londen avontuur

Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Za Feb 09, 2013 19:44

Update 04-02-2013:

Het team is nu halverwege en bereiden zich voor op de woestijn van Kenia:

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The Fiat Panda attempting to set a new world record for the 10,300 miles between Cape Town and London driven non-stop has reached the halfway point of Nairobi in Kenya. The crew of Philip Young and Paul Brace drove up from the frontier of Tanzania in the early hours of this morning. If they are to beat the 14-day record, which has stood for 30 years, set by the British Army, they have now to endure the gruelling drive across the desert of northern Kenya, where one of the roughest tracks in Africa will prove a severe test. The crew are aiming for the border of Ethiopia. The desert run is long, hot and very exhausting, even for a 4x4 crew - the standard two-wheel-drive Fiat two-cylinder Panda will be facing the hardest, toughest section of the 10,300-mile, long drive home. Philip Young and Paul Brace have made good progress so far. They are raising money for Farm Africa, a charity working with local farmers in agricultural projects along the route.
They have to catch a ferry out of Tunisia to be in with a chance of beating the record. Providing the wheels don't fall off, they could be at Marble Arch by 6.30am on 11 February, for a cup of tea in the nearby Costa coffee-shop. The record was set in 1983 by Major John Hemsley and his wife Lucy in a factory-prepared Range Rover, setting a time of 14 days.
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Re: Panda TwinAir klaar voor Kaapstad-Londen avontuur

Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Zo Mar 03, 2013 17:54

Update 13-02-2013:

Het team heeft z'n missie volbracht en het record met een dag verbroken en de tocht in 10 dagen, 13 uur en 28 minuten volbracht:

The outright world record for driving non-stop from Cape Town to London was smashed this week by two very daring British drivers and one very reliable Fiat Panda TwinAir.
Adventurers Philip Young and Paul Brace set off on the gruelling 10,000-mile trek on 1 February with the intention of raising money for the charity Farm Africa, and drove relentlessly through 13 countries and two continents in the almost standard Panda. Arriving at Marble Arch, London the pair registered a time of 10 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes, breaking the previous record for the distance, in either direction, by more than a day. To complete the trip in their target of under 11 days, Philip and Paul had to average 1,000 miles a day at 40mph, a task they felt confident of completing in their 0.9-litre TwinAir-engined city car. The hatchback was showroom specification apart from a few vital modifications, such as extra fuel tank, two spare wheels, sump guards, stronger springs, and an air intake moved to the top of the engine bay. Shunning the use of a large 4x4 car - Philip and Paul decided that would be "too easy" - the Fiat Panda was chosen for its lightness, performance and fuel economy. And despite the car's compact size, the co-drivers' bed was a cut down foam mattress across the back seat.

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The long and tortuous route to Britain included tough, unmade pot-holed roads and treacherous, dry desert tracks through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia before the pair crossed the Mediterranean for the final run up through Italy and France to London's Hyde Park. "It has been a remarkable time on the road - exciting and exhilarating - and the Fiat Panda was amazing," says Philip Young. "The roads were treacherous, the heat unbearable and the timetable exhausting, but the car never missed a beat. This was an extremely tough journey, and Fiat can be proud of its reliability and ruggedness." Farm Africa is a charity working with families in rural Africa, helping them to produce food more effectively. By providing training and support to help farmers improve the way they manage their crops, livestock, forests and access to water, it helps families build a future free from hunger.
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