July 4, 2008
David Plans a Drive to Japan
A NUNEATON student will be among a six-strong party undertaking a 13,500-mile drive through 18 countries - to highlight new technology designed to help the environment.
David Lewis, aged 19, of Langdale Drive, a student at the University of Cumbria, will be driving from Penrith to Tokyo in vehicles with fuel-efficient (hybrid) engines.
He said: "This is going to be a real test of our planning skills and motivation. We really need to work as a team as we will be driving through temperature extremes of minus 10C to over 50C.
"The journey will take us through six mountain ranges and we will experience many different climates."
David, the expedition project co-ordinator, will be joined by five fellow Cumbria students.
He said the primary aim of the project was to prove that hybrid engines - combining electric and petrol technology - can perform to the same standard of reliability and durability of conventional fuel engines.
They hope it will demonstrate the need to replace existing engine technology to help protect the environment.
The team also hope to raise pounds 2,000 for the Calvert Trust in Penrith, which helps disabled youth groups in the outdoor environment, while also supporting the Japanese Environmental Education Forum charity.
The expedition is planned for June and July next year.
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