SINGAPORE: Amid unpredictable haze conditions in Singapore, the MediaCorp Subaru Car Challenge 2015 will take place in an air-conditioned space on Saturday for the first time in 14 years, organiser MediaCorp announced on Thursday (Oct 29).
The contest area, which spans about 1,000 square metres, will be housed in an air-conditioned tent.
Hundreds of qualifiers from Singapore and around the region are expected to gather at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza on Saturday. A total of 400 contestants will compete to keep their hand on a car for the longest duration.
This year the Grand Prize of a Subaru XV 1.6 I-S will come with a Certificate of Entitlement (COE) and is valued at about S$115,000. The winner will also walk away with S$5,000 worth of fuel from Shell.
Jack Lim, Chief Commercial Officer at MediaCorp said: “PSI levels have been persisting in the unhealthy and very unhealthy ranges over the past few weeks and there’s no telling what the situation will be like over the weekend. We decided to move the challenge indoors, so to speak, to minimise the potential impact of the haze on our contestants and everyone involved in making the Car Challenge possible.
“Expect this year’s contest to be one of the most exciting ever, with all the drama that comes with contestants putting their strength, endurance, will power and courage to the test."
The record time was established last year at 82 hours and 16 minutes. The flag-off for Asia’s most demanding endurance challenge is at 1pm on Saturday, Oct 31. More updates and information can be found at www.carchallenge.sg.