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Old Jun 26, 2010, 08:09 PM
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The 100 MPG Car Contest

This should be interesting to see who wins this contest. Be sure to view the slideshow http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37153229/ to see what you 100 mpg future driving experience might look like! (Hint: Go on a diet now!)

If nothing else this contest should bring some of those 50-year old 100 mpg carburetors invented by tinkerers but suppressed by Big Oil out of the attic!
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$10 Million Automotive X-Prize

Alan Boyle writes: As many as 10 teams have fallen by the wayside in the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize contest for ultra-efficient cars and other teams are working hard to stay in.

When this week's second round of on-track testing began at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., 24 teams were in the running for the prize. The competition is aimed at encouraging the development of marketable cars capable of getting 100 miles per gallon of gasoline, or equivalent energy efficiency for other power systems. That's what's known as 100 MPGe.

During this first week of the Knockout phase, the challenge has been all about being able to hit the 67 MPGe mark, which is two-thirds of the efficiency goal. The cars also had to prove that they could go 67 miles (for two-seaters) or 134 miles (for four-seaters) without refueling. If they can do that, then they move on next week to further rounds of tests to check their emission levels and handling. Those tests are due to continue until June 30. The cars that satisfy the requirements will return to Michigan for an even more grueling round of finals next month.

much more http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...r-auto-x-prize
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 01:43 AM
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This would meet most of my driving needs. 170 MPG and not a bad looking ride.....

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/09...en-l1-concept/
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 01:48 AM
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And a decent ride that gets 100 +MPG is very old news....

http://ecomodder.com/blog/diy-100-mp...0-year-hiatus/
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 01:50 AM
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Even a stodgy Ford can do it no sweat....

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/09/24/f...100mpg-hybrid/
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 01:55 AM
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157 MPG. Heck I'd drive it....

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006...o_ag_157_m.php
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 02:01 AM
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A 100 MPG Lincoln Continental?
60 MPG Hummer with double the stock HP?

No problem.....

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/...d-messiah.html
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 02:03 AM
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Even a stodgy Ford can do it no sweat....

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/09/24/f...100mpg-hybrid/
But that is powered by a plug in re-chargeable battery.. So it's not really surprising it uses less gas.. in fact you could claim that it's gas consuption is nil, because is is while you run only on the battery charge.

The challenge is to build a practical car that goes for 100 miles on the 1 gal of gas... Adding a whopping great plug in charged battery to supply most of the power the car needs thereby reducing the gas required would be seen as cheating i'm sure.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 02:08 AM
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But that is powered by a plug in re-chargeable battery.. So it's not really surprising it uses less gas.. in fact you could claim that it's gas consuption is nil, because is is while you run only on the battery charge.

The challenge is to build a practical car that goes for 100 miles on the 1 gal of gas... Adding a whopping great plug in charged battery to supply most of the power the car needs thereby reducing the gas required would be seen as cheating i'm sure.
Is it "cheating" if your carport has solar panels on the roof?
I'd say that is the whole point.
Even so, there are plenty of designs that only burn stuff to go 100 MPG.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 02:19 AM
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Is it "cheating" if your carport has solar panels on the roof?
Of course it's 'cheating' if the object of the contest is to build a gas powered car that does 100 mpg

If you can come up with a practical electric car that can realistically re-charge from domestic solar panels then I suggest you get it patented, you will be a millionaire before you get home from the patent office.. With current technology you better have some pretty big solar panels and sun that shines bright every day of the year.. And also shines all night because that's when most cars are in the car port
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 10:10 AM
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Of course it's 'cheating' if the object of the contest is to build a gas powered car that does 100 mpg

If you can come up with a practical electric car that can realistically re-charge from domestic solar panels then I suggest you get it patented, you will be a millionaire before you get home from the patent office.. With current technology you better have some pretty big solar panels and sun that shines bright every day of the year.. And also shines all night because that's when most cars are in the car port
Did you read the links?

Sorry but those patents have been filed for a long time now.
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