See-Through Car is Super Efficient (307 mpg!)
Photos from Bridgestone Americas Inc.
This car turns heads. It's clear. And clearly one of the most efficient in the world. It was built by students at the DeLaSalle Automotive Design Studio in Kansas City, Missouri, as a high school class project.AutoBlogGreen reports that the car logged the equivalent of 307 miles per gallon during testing at Bridgestone's Texas Proving Ground.
The students at DeLaSalle received help from mentors including engineers from Bridgestone Americas' Technical Center in Akron, Ohio, but built the ride themselves. It's a plug-in electric, and may set a world record for efficiency.
The project was directed by Steve Rees, an instructor at DeLaSalle. The car is based on the chassis of a 2000 Lola Indy Car. It was covered in a clear shell and mounted on (of course) Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 tires. The students developed a driveline, electric propulsion system and full, ultra light-weight aerodynamic body, according to Bridgestone.
Rees is petitioning the Guinness World Records people to consider the 307 mpg rating as a new world record.
A search under the Guinness "Travel and Transport" section doesn't include a fuel-efficiency category. But the fastest motorized sofa was clocked at 92 mph.
Either way, this one is a win for kids from an alternative high school.
"The finished car will be a single seat urban commuter that will operate at commuter speeds," according to a blog on the project.
"The goal is to show how simplicity and lightweight construction can impact performance and energy efficiency. The vehicle will weigh less than 1,500 pounds, which is half the weight of 98% of most electric vehicles on the road today. The results from their testing should be an interesting comparison to other electric cars."