British Racing Green 2017

The Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb is going back to its roots. Always an innovator, the Midland Automobile Club are inviting car manufacturers to enter British Racing Green with five new classes aimed at modern cars on the 3rd and 4th June.

With the advent of new technology and new forms of power, Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb has always been a place of firsts throughout its 112 years.

These new classes have been created to embrace these new revolutions.

Manufacturers wishing to enter the event are being invited to do timed runs or demonstration runs, giving them the opportunity to showcase their latest products.

The largest class created is for electric vehicles, sub divided into four categories:

A BEV runs entirely on a battery and electric drive train, without an internal combustion engine. It is powered by electricity from an external source, usually the public power grid. This electricity is stored in onboard batteries that turn the vehicle’s wheels using one or more electric motors.

A PHEV runs mostly on a battery that is recharged by plugging into the power grid. It is also equipped with an internal combustion engine, running on gasoline or diesel fuel, that can recharge the battery and/or to replace the electric drive train when the battery is low and more power is required.

An HEV has two complementary drive systems – a gasoline engine and fuel tank, and an electric motor, battery and controls. The engine and the motor can simultaneously turn the transmission, which powers the wheels. Where the HEV differs from the above two types of electric vehicles (BEV and PHEV) is that HEVs cannot be recharged from the power grid. Their energy comes entirely from gasoline and regenerative braking

A FCEV creates electricity from hydrogen and oxygen, instead of storing and releasing energy like a battery. Because of these vehicles’ efficiency and water-only emissions, some experts consider these cars to be the best electric vehicles, even though they are still in development phases and provide many challenges.

There will also be a class for:


An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, auto, self-driving car, robotic car) is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.


The “SUV” term is defined as “a large vehicle that is designed to be used on rough surfaces, off road use but that is often used on city roads or highways.


Following on from last year when the Audi RS6 Avant set a time on the hill, there will also be a class for high powered estate cars with manufacturers being encouraged to have a journalist in the hot seat.


The final class will be for Hybrid Hypercars and Hypercars. These ultimate powerful cars with around 1,000bhp will be given the opportunity to go down in history with the very first timed runs for such a car, alternatively a demonstration run is also being offered.


With significant interest and a number of cars already committed, British Racing Green is looking to create some new history.