Tricycle Robot Going For RC Distance Record Against All Odds

Panasonic's latest attempt to hype their record-holding alkaline EVOLTA battery pits this little tricycle robot against the Le Mans racing circuit in France.

Over a period of 24 hours starting this Wednesday, "Mr. Evolta" will pedal around the 2.5 mile track powered by only 2 AA batteries in an attempt to break the distance record for a remote controlled car. If all goes well Mr. Evolta should manage around six laps—although just about anything from bugs to stones to a stiff breeze stands in its way. Mr. Evolta already pressed his luck climbing the Grand Canyon, but can he survive this harrowing journey? Who cares...you should be using rechargeable batteries anyway. [IDG via PopSci]