Has anyone ever dreamed on going around the world?
It is still a romantic dream, but relatively easy to accomplish today. Dreams must be powerful, challenging, ambitious … The great adventure would be doing it in a different and valuable wau, really connected with the needs of our society. Here we have a new project: "The 80DR – Around the World in 80 Days without using fuel "
I’m just back from Dakar Rally, where I participated with the first 100% electric car in its history, and I’m already into another dream even more challenging: Try to enter the race 80DR, to travel 40,000 km. around the world without using any means of transport powered by fossil fuels. Participants can use electric cars, trains, balloons, sailboats, or any transport that does not pollute, freely choosing the preferred route (with some checkpoints in cities on the 5 continents), and considering that the timer will always be in underway. An impressive challenge from the logistical and technological point of view; and fully connected with the values of sustainability that should prevail in the course towards our future. I will try to be at the start line, I will try to win, but above all, I will try that with this adventure, we all win. The sustainability of the planet is a race we can not afford to lose.
Jules Verne invented a dream that made starring his character Phileas Fogg, which was a big challenge for that time. Today it seems we have achieved almost all possible challenges on earth, but now is the time to be inspired by the stories of Jules Verne, dreaming different, doing innovative things and make us discover new values and solutions for the future of humanity. While in 1873, vehicles were replacing the horses, we are currently making another big move for humanity, trying to change the traditional vehicle for electric and/or ecological cars.
I have been designed ambassador of the 80 Day Race, to help promote this adventure, bringing my experience in complex projects, acting as spokesman for another sustainable adventure, and with the intention that I can lead one of the teams participating in this challenge.
I am proud to share this position with characters as relevant as Hubert Auriol (first driver to win the Dakar with motorcycle and car, and was also director of the event); Erik Lindbergh (grandson of the aviation pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh); Louis Palmer (pioneer of sustainable mobility, which toured the world with a solar Taxi); Jan Lammers (Ex F1 and 24 Hours of Le Mans driver); or Javier de Rocafort (Advisor, entrepreneur and pioneer of motor sustainable competition)
We continue working to return to Dakar and finish it with an electric car. I continue working on other projects more modest adventure and also of great significance for this year and 2016. Some may comment and others need to be kept secret until they are firm. But I feel confortable announcing my interest in the 80DR because, although not being 100% sure, I want to be very committed to the success of this exciting and valuable project.
I always feel the same: I do not want to be valued for what I did yesterday, but what I can do tomorrow. I guess this is the spirit of adventure.
There I go, Jules Verne … to the world (sustainable) tour in 80 days!