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 should be using rechargeable batteries anyway. [IDG via PopSci]