From 17 to 19 June 2016 eco-friendly cars from San Marino to Monte-Carlo

Sustainable mobility, 11th Ecorally San Marino and 8th Ecorally Press

In preparation for the regularity competition valid for the F.I.A. Alternative Energies Cup and for the Italian Championship for Alternative and Renewable Energies

 San Marino, 6 May 2016 – Ecorally San Marino, from 17 to 19 June 2016 eco-friendly motor vehicles will challenge each other on the San Marino, Sanremo, Monte-Carlo route in a regularity competition now in its eleventh edition.

The international competition, launched in 2006 and regulated by F.I.A. (the International Automobile Federation), has as its objective the promotion and development of low environmental impact vehicles, to demonstrate their performance and versatility.

Alongside the Ecorally, Ecorally Press – in its eighth edition – in collaboration with the Ecogas Consortium and Assogasliquidi, technical partners Energas, Lampogas and Zetagas: reserved for information operators, with numerous themed awards to the journalists most attentive to the environment, which will assign the Nello Rosi Trophy, in collaboration with Unione Gas Auto, My En and Ecomobile. As every year, the first women’s team will be awarded the Coppa delle Dame; and the the first San Marino team classified will win a special trophy in collaboration with Banca Cis.

Anyone can participate with a suitable vehicle; the rules admit hybrid electric vehicles and low environmental impact cars: mono and bifuel gas (LPG and LNG), biomethane, biofuels, hydrogen.

Competitors earn a score valid for the FIA title for Pilots and Co-pilots and for the category VII&VIII+IIIA, as well as the FIA title reserved for the automakers. The competition is also valid for the Italian Regularity Championship for Alternative and Renewable Energies.

After ten editions that linked the Republic of San Marino and Vatican City, along fascinating roads through Central Italy, the 11th edition will depart from San Marino heading for the Principality of Monaco, passing through French territory and evoking some of the famous speed rallies with four trials at constant speed along the traces of the San Marino and Sanremo rallies.

The program. Technical inspections are scheduled for the early morning of Friday in San Marino, after which the vehicles will be on their way, with the first special test destination Parma, arrival on the first day, passing through Forlì, Bologna and Maranello. Saturday 18 the departure of the second day for the Castles of Parma and Piacenza, then Arma di Taggia and Sanremo, where there will be a specal trial before the second night. The competition will start again on Sunday morning – transit to Ventimiglia and Mentone, where the last special trial will be held – ending at Monte-Carlo. Afterward, lunch and award ceremony.

The route along the roads of the Castles of Parma and Piacenza deserves special mention: Tabiano, Scipione, Vigoleno, la Rocca Viscontea di Castell’Arquato and that of Pianello di Val Tidone, then the castles of Grazzano Visconti, Rivalta, Agazzano, Montalbo, Castelnovo, Borgonovo Val Tidone and finally that of Sarmato, where there will be a stop for lunch.

The registration fee for each team (2 people, a pilot and co-pilot who can alternate roles during the competition) is 600 euro and covers registration, lunch, dinner and hotel accommodations in double room on Friday and Saturday, as well as lunch on Sunday 19 giugno.

The San Marino Ecorally is held in collaboration with Uiga – the Italian Union of Automotive Journalists, the sponsorship of the Ministry for the Environment and Safeguard of the Territory and the Sea of the Italian Republic, and of the Secretary of State for the Territory and Environment and Secretary of State for Sports of the Republic of San Marino. Technical and regulatory management will be by F.A.M.S. (the Federation of Auto Motorists of San Marino) through its Rally Officials; chronometric measurements are by the F.S.Cr. (the San Marino Timers Federation).

The organization can count on a number of technical partners – Friulana Gas, Landi Renzo Group, Socogas, Sprint Gas, Tartarini Auto and Zannoni Carburanti – which have made available fuel and eco-friendly cars, locations and structures. Punto Gas and Slime are the suppliers of the antipuncture kits given to all the teams.

The competition, reserved exclusively for eco-friendly cars, is coherent with the innovative spirit of the events of automobile sports where, in the past as now, countless technical concepts are tested through these competitions. It welcomes operators from the automotive world, technical personel and drivers, but also enthusiasts of cars and the environment.

The competitors have to follow the Road Book, the book used traditionally in rallies, with symbols and drawings indicating the route and the trials, in practice a navigating tool on paper. The trials included timed departures and a series of controls measuring passage by means of pressure hoses connected to a stopwatch. In addition, at least four special trials have to be driven with a constant speed per hour with passages controlled secretly and readings by photocells. It is fundamental to arrive at the reasding points along the way at the exact arrival time set, applying the average speed indicated.

Alongside environmental sustainability is safety: The principle on which the regularity ecorallies are based is respect of the traffic code, and for this reason the competitions are held on roads that are open to traffic.


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