PRETORIA, South Africa— In a surprise finish at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) country-wide Figo Eco Driving Challenge, Crystle-Lynne Moore of Cape Town took the top spot on June 8, despite fierce competition in the first leg of the rally.
The rally, which put eco driving skills to the test, was held over a period of three days. A total of 18 teams, separated into three sets of six teams each, competed in the Ford Figo TDCi Amazing Rally which kicked off with the first group driving from Johannesburg to Durban. The second group drove from Durban to East London, with the final leg starting in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town. Journalists from various media publications and websites, such as Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, liveeco.co.za and jucyafrica.com, along with Facebook Fans from different cities, fought it out for the title.
Contestants received points for checking in at various landmarks and completing challenges en route, all the while keeping a very close eye on their fuel gauge. The competitors had nothing more than a single tank of diesel in their Figo TDCi, easily the most affordable diesel passenger car in South Africa. They were also provided with a Nokia C7 for navigation, and to communicate with the rest of the crew.
The intense contest led to some tricks on part of the competitors. Some teams came up with original ways to avoid traffic jams by giving free snacks to the cars blocking their Figo's path to victory. This was all taken in the fun spirit it was meant.
Moore and her driving partner, Bryce Lloyd Moore, of the Facebook Fan Team, took a simple approach to the challenge: take it slow. And while they would have been beaten by the FHM and Jucy Africa teams based on their racing time alone, the fuel gauge rule meant that they came out ahead of their opponents. Moore's impressive driving skills enabled her to achieve fuel economy of 4.581L/100km, beating Ford's professional driving team, which came in with 4.7L/100km. The brother-sister pair will now join Ford's team in the 2011 Total Economy Run later this year, where they will have to put their driving skills to the test.
The other teams also had their fair share of glory with the Citizen’s Sibusiso Mkwanazi and his partner doing exceptionally well in all the challenges. Lelo Boyana, Just Curious blogger, and Angel Conradi, of Angel’s Mind blog, managed to leave most of the competitors behind on the Eco Drive, coming in third and fourth respectively.
|The contestants get geared up for the competition.
||One of the many landmark stops.
||The various teams get together for a group photo outside their hotel. |