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Hypermiling Race Car Gets 2,564.8 MPG

At the Shell Eco-marathon, a race of fuel efficiency, the team from Université Laval in Quebec took top honors with a race car that squeezed out an amazing 2,564.8 mpg.

At the Eco-marathon, speed and cialis soft tabs 100 mg performance aren't important, but going as far as possible on a single gallon of gasoline is.  The winning team has held top honors for three years in a row with their Alerion Supermileage three-wheeled, one-person vehicle.

The Alerion looks like it belongs on a monorail track.  It consists of a carbon fiber frame designed to put aerodynamics first and it only comes up to about knee-high from the ground.

While such a design is completely impractical in real-world situations, this team could teach the major automakers a thing or two about maximizing aerodynamics and efficiency.  After all, the second place finishers were 766.1 miles behind them.

via Wired


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Aero automobiles
written by Paul, April 21, 2011
Today's auto makers actually do know how to make cars aerodynamic, it is just that they don't because consumers are more interested in gadgets like memory seats, in-car entertainment systems, climate-control, navigation systems, iPod interfaces etc. There has been no progress in auto aerodynamics since the late '80s when drag coefficients dropped from the .4s to .3s.

Automobile 'progress' since then has generally resulted in all vehicles becoming heavier, with the attendant requirement for heaver construction tyres to manage the extra weight (which increases rolling resistance!). The only truly worthwhile improvement over the cheapest viagra ever last 15 years has been computer controlled stability systems.

Auto-makers could easily add active aerodynamics to cars in the form of servo controlled fairings which are brought into action when the road speed is high enough to warrant it. At highway speed, most of levitra usa the engine's power output is being used to overcome air resistance and not carry the mass of the vehicle. Active (computer managed) aerodynamics could easily reduce fuel consumption by 15-20%.

You can blame the lack of progress on the consumer.
written by NickGreyden, April 21, 2011
Sorry, I don't blame it on the consumer because as a consumer, I've never had the we choice order viagra online canada opportunity to buy viagra locally buy such a vehicle as they haven't been introduced, as you said, sense the 80's. There are polls and whatnot, but are you actually saying there is not a large enough market for vehicles that get 50+ MPG?
That may be true,,,
written by anonymous, April 25, 2011
Take the smart car as the example. To comply with US safety regulations the chassis became so heavy that its mileage is genuine cialis online frankly terrible.
Head on with a Hummer....
written by Richard Davine, April 28, 2011
For as long as people drive blindly around in armored vehicles like large SUVs, and the road authorities insist on all 4 wheeled motorized vehicles to be able to withstand the likely head on generic cialis in india collision with the unconscious Hummer driver; we shall have an unfair safety issue for right winged families to scream "Won't someone think of the children!". Unless they're playing on the driveway behind the buy discount viagra SUV (3 times as likely for a fatality with a SUV), or on a bicycle, motorbike, as a pedestrian or any of the other vulnerable but unimportant persons who are at risk from bad driving in big cars. And yet law makers have nothing to protect them from a Hummer. What are your chances of surviving a head on collision as a pedestrian?
The solution?
Contact your road law legislating body and lobby them in a public forum, as I'm sure you can't afford to bribe them as well as oil and auto companies.

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