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Manx to stage 'green' Grand Prix

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The Clean Emissions Grand Prix will take place along the TT circuit

The Isle of Man is helping in the race to clean up the environment by staging a Clean Emissions Grand Prix on the island next year.

The TTxGP event is being seen as a way for global innovators in racing and clean emission technologies to compete.

It also allows them to prove that being green does not mean being slow.

A range of two and three-wheeled vehicles capable of reaching Grand Prix speeds will take part in the event on the TT circuit.

It is expected that international corporations, universities and advanced technology institutions will back the racing teams.

'Enormously exciting'

As part of the event there will also be an 'open' class race for innovative so-called cottage teams interested in experimenting with alternative energy sources.

However, these teams will be required to build their vehicle to a set budget using off-the-shelf power sources only.

We're about to make history as well as enrich the Isle of Man's racing pedigree
Azhar Hussain, TTxGP Founder

The Grand Prix will be staged in June 2009.

Azhar Hussain, TTxGP Founder, said: "Although this is a radical departure from conventional racing, the TTxGP is a stand-alone race and a concept which encapsulates the spirit of the traditional Isle of Man TT.

"We're about to make history as well as enrich the Isle of Man's racing pedigree."

Simon Maddison, technical director of TTxGP and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology added: "The TTxGP is an enormously exciting prospect from an engineering perspective.

"It comes at a time when we are reaching a tipping point in the search for, and acceptance of, alternative energy sources."

He said the TTxGP provided a way of promoting and popularising new technologies and would help "inspire young engineering professionals to turn their skills to tackling the pressing energy issues of the modern world".

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