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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-02 11:56
  Subject:   The 10 most promising entrants to the Auto X Prize.
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The central component is a fuel conversion system that vaporizes gasoline before it enters the alé’s engine—an idea developed more than 25 years ago by FVT founder George Parker (the company is officially just two years old). The result, when combined with a narrow, aerodynamic fiberglass body on a three-wheel chassis, is an astonishing 92 miles per gallon—not to mention a 0-to-60 time around 5 seconds. FVT intends to design a series hybrid that shares the body of the current gas-only alé, with a small onboard generator that utilizes the vapor technology to charge lithium-ion batteries for extended range.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4261425.html?series=19

The VentureOne and Aptera are among them.
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tiger0range
  User: tiger0range
  Date: 2008-05-02 19:32 (UTC)
  Subject:   Wait a minute...
...Popular Mechanics is falling for the Winnipeg carburator scam? Actually, Popular Mechanics falls for a lot of these scams all the time (all the flying cars, space elavators and crap). You can't get 100 mpg out of some vaporized gasoline thingy. It might give you a tiny little affect, but not likely with modern fuel injection systems.

Popular Mechanics is like the National Inquirer of science and technology news...
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-05-02 21:49 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Wait a minute...
If they actually are getting 100 MPG, it's not because of their fuel vaporization tech. It's because the car weighs 400 lbs...
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Ohmi
  User: ohmisunao
  Date: 2008-05-02 22:08 (UTC)
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I want to see who survives their initial push.. I'd also like to be able to test drive some of these before comitting to a purchase.

BTW- isn't vaporizing fuel and burning it what ALL cars do? So yeah lightweight + 3 wheeled + aerodynamic will get good gas milage. I sorta wish more of these designs were 4-wheeled though I phear the instability! :P
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2008-05-03 00:00 (UTC)
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isn't vaporizing fuel and burning it what ALL cars do

Fuel injection muddies the waters a bit. It sprays a very fine mist of fuel into the cylinder. The fuel isn't technically vaporized, it's still in very small droplets of liquid.

wish more of these designs were 4-wheeled though I phear the instability!

I think the VentureOne got 3 wheels right. The Aptera sure looks unstable as hell to me, though.
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