As a way of wrapping up my preparation to report on the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, which is now in its Knockout Round (media days tomorrow and the next day at Michigan International Speedway), I spoke on June 18 with Al Unser Jr. and Gary Starr. Unser is driving the Zap Alias in the competition’s Alternative Side-by-Side class. Starr is founder and development director of Zap Motors, of Santa Rosa California. … More X Prize leads Zap Alias driver Al Unser Jr. to say his best days as a driver are ahead
The West Philly Hybrid X Team, the pride of Philadelphia, leaves the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday, undertaking a most special mission.
They’re heading 600 miles away to Michigan International Speedway, site of the Knockout Round of the Progressive Automotive Insurance Automotive X Prize. That competition’s round continues through June 30.
… More West Philly Team’s X Prize sendoff includes pom-poms, platitudes
Pages of notes about Federal Test Procedure 75 are spread before me along with a graph about tailpipe emissions. Oxides of nitrogen, anyone? … More Inside an emissions lab, the precipice of 100 mpg
At regular intervals, like a jewelry mold, Oliver Kuttner expels another golden epigram. Ideas and insights boil from the founder of Edison2 and co-creator of the Very Light Car. … More The Men of Edison2: Oliver Kuttner’s Little Red Book Explains the Very Light Car
Bobby Mouzayck was showing me the system for cooling the Very Light Car’s passenger compartment. Automotive X Prize rules require maintaining a reasonable inside temperature, so a cooler of the race-car type has been designed. It consists of a $3 foam chest that’s wrapped in cloth of carbon fiber; a plastic tube passes out of a hole and conveys the cool air that comes off a chunk of ice. … More The Men of Edison2: Bobby Mouzayck
The Edison2 Very Light Car team gradually came together after founder Oliver Kuttner first heard about the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize in the spring of 2007. The $10-million purse for achieving 100 mpg or the equivalent got his attention. The prize is divided among three classes of entries; the Edison2 team is the only one to enter all three of them. … More The Men of Edison2: Ron Mathis
The team of insurgents that is a serious threat to capture the entire $10-million purse offered in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize operates from a 4000-square-foot shop in Lynchburg, Virginia. Wooden floorboards bear witness to the building’s past life as a textile factory. Metal-bending equipment is arranged throughout the shop, and every so often, the quiet clicking of team members’ computer keyboards is superseded by the screech of a grinder or the hiss of a welding torch. … More Subversive Edison2 team operates from a nondescript Lynchburg, Virginia, workshop