BUENOS AIRES — The Argentine capital is scheduled to host its third Eco Challenge car race this Sunday, with 82 "curious" cars demonstrating to the world that environmentally friendly rides aren't necessarily boring.
The cars are designed and built by students of technical colleges from across the country, and many may become prototypes of future cars driving around the city, Clarin reports.
The race is also being touted as a prelude to the Formula E grand prix for electric cars that the city would host in January 2015. "This race will be a great stimulus for training young people and developing their creativity," Mayor Mauricio Macri said during a presentation.
Participating colleges were all given kits to build the cars, including batteries, an electric engine, an electronic speed regulator, tires and wheels, and technical advice from the Argentine Automobile Club. The race is a city event by the Green Schools Program to promote research in and use of non-polluting transportation.