In 1873, Jules Verne wrote the novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Charting the fictional adventures of Phileas Fogg.
Phileas attempted to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in 80 days or less, for a wager of £20,000 with members of London's Reform Club. At the time, to attempt this journey in so few days was considered impossible.
Now fast forward 140 years or so and you can reach New Zealand from London in 24 hours, give or take. But overland still has challenges - Especially, if you want to take part and race in 80DR.
The Sustainable Challenge - The race vehicles must not use a drop of fossil fuel or have any form of combustion engine. Each of the participating teams, would have built their own vehicle and spent months preparing and testing, for this planned tri-annual event.
The teams will race against each other, all eager to reach the finish line first, within 80 days… and pit themselves against time, to win the race.
They can choose their own routes, but have to visit eight other major cities as they circumnavigate the globe, where they will be met with fans, celebrations and press.
New Earth Films has been set the task to produce the media for the whole event and will partner up with Claudio von Planta (Long Way Round / Down) in creating an online experience. Each team will have an embedded shooting director, who's sole job it is to capture the daily challenges of driving across the world.
Then back at base, we will edit and post daily updates in a ‘near live’ experience on 80DR.com and other social media.
One thing is for certain, with so many miles to cover in so many different lands, using the latest innovative technology the road ahead will have its fair share of dramas.
80DR has come of age.