The first race of the 2015 FIA Alternative Energy World Cup and Italian Alternative Energy Championship – the Eco Snow Trophy – was conducted on the snow slopes of the Primiero valley in Northern Italy on January 30. Victorious was a special Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) converted Fiat 500 Abarth, equipped with rear and front conversion kits made respectively by Cavagna Group – the Italian manufacturer of equipment and fittings for compressed gases, gas storage and control – and Bigas – the Italian company which designs and develops alternative fuel components and systems.
Despite close competition from five other teams, the Ecomotori Racing Team completed the first day of competition second on the podium and on day two had climbed to the top position, this despite starting the season with a brand new team. The course comprised 360 km with 15 special tests on snow and ice routes.
During the press conference, the pilot Nicola Ventura recalled how “our initial goal was to perform a good and fair race and to keep testing the Green Box; to find ourselves leading the national and world rankings is an unexpected pleasure”.
“After the celebrations”, continues Nicola Ventura, “we will immediately start working on the development of Green Box, our main project for the year 2015. Even if last weekend’s results force us to look at the world and Italian standings, we will try to keep both feet on the ground – considering the fierce competitors and high level of teams participating in this championship”.