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Old 07-18-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Fuel Vapor Technologies Car = 92 mpg and 0-60 in 5 seconds

The title says it all...

Link here: Fuel Vapor Technologies

Three wheels better than 4?:
The “alé” features a unique 3-wheeled configuration: 2 in the front, and one in the rear. The front wheels drive and steer the vehicle. This design enables the car to perform at a superb level, particularly in cornering, with the car easily pulling 1.7 g’s in corners during track testing on street tires. The three-wheeled automotive platform also aid in improving fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.

Vapor system:
The car’s key innovation's are the fuel vapor system and it's light weight aerodynamic body. This fuel vapor technology (which is in the patent pending process) allows the engine to run on “fuel vapors” rather than liquid fuel. The majority of gas engines today run 14.7:1 – (14.7 parts air to 1 part gasoline). This proprietary fuel vapor system allows the “alé” to run on a ratio of over 20:1 without compromising performance. According to the textbooks, this ratio is impossible, as a standard engine would not start or run on a air/fuel ratio this low. With a 10 gallon gas tank found on most vehicles, the “alé” can travel from Vancouver BC to San Francisco CA on one tank. Over 15 hours of driving without filling up.

Not only does the “alé” have extreme mileage capabilities, but its performance is outstanding and better than many high-end sports cars. It accelerates from 0-60 in 5 seconds, and will pull over 1.7 g’s in hard corner's on street tires. Brad Zimmerman, head tech for the company stated during testing at the Mission race track, “I drove it hard for 4 solid hours, throwing it into corners, accelerating and braking hard. The car’s performance is spectacular. After all that hard driving, we only went through $10 in gas.”

The “alé” runs on regular gasoline, and easily achieves the level of “super low” emissions with a 30% reduction in CO2. Even more impressive is the fact that all the data to date has been gathered without a catalytic converter.

Automotive X-Prize
FuelVapor Technologies will be entering the “alé” in the "Automotive X-Prize" competition for the most fuel efficient production vehicle http://xprize.acrobat.com/p92151066/.

The Future:
This is the first time the public have had a chance to view the “alé”. The company is currently seeking investors to take the “alé” into production.

Vehicle Specifications

Hand-layed fiberglass composite

Full tube frame with roll cage

High mileage Honda engine
Turbo Charged 1500cc
2 Stage single cam Vtec
Gasoline vapor fuel management system
180 HP
0-60 MPH in 5 seconds
1/4 mile time of 12.9 seconds

5 speed standard, or 4 speed over drive automatic

Front Suspension

Honda CRX with fully adjustable coil over

Rear Suspension
Single sided swing arm with fully adjustable coil over

Porsche 911 rack and pinion (2.25 turns lock-to-lock)

Front Brakes
Front discs: 12.1" diameter vented and scallopped rotors, 4-piston calipers

Rear Brakes
10" disc brakes

Wheels & Tires
Aluminum 18" X 8" front and rear

Two seat tandem. - shoulder seat belts

Wheelbase: 110”
Outside to outside track: 71.5"
Length: 174’’
Height: 50“
Dry Weight: 1400 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 10 gal.
Top speed: Electronically limited to 140 mph.
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:24 AM   #2
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:26 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Jarvis View Post
mph or mpg?
Dammit, beat me to it...fixed!

Impressive vehicle: 92 mpg, 140 mph, 0-60 in 5 seconds, 1.7g lateral acceleration, and already street legal in Canada.

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Old 07-18-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Very impressive, but CO2 isn't the concern at 20:1 A/F, NOx is. NOx goes through the roof in lean burn situations, which is also why OEMS don't run there.
That wiki also mentions hondas lean burn engines running at 22:1.

It's a very beautiful trike. If all the emissions are reduced, it's very cool tech.

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Old 07-18-2007, 12:19 PM   #5
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Oh my Goddess! If this sells for around $15k, I'm all over it.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:31 PM   #6
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One thing to note when re-reading the article: these performance numbers (92 mpg, 0-60 in 5 seconds, 140mph top speed) are running a conventional 14.7:1 A/F ratio (ie: without the gas vapor system). The company is looking to break the 100 mpg barrier using lean-burn technology.

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Old 07-18-2007, 12:48 PM   #7
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:21 PM   #8
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wow 100mpg that is insane. its about time too, with the ridiculous gas price every summer!
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:36 PM   #9
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Interesting vehicle, but I think it would have better acceptance/success if it was marketed as a motorcycle competitor rather than trying to compare it to a regular car.

The performance is very impressive, the mileage fantastic but I would be wary of how much it might cost.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:20 PM   #10
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It seems to me like they took a CRX and made a lightweight tricycle out of it. It has that front suspension and a turbo D-16. It even has the old seats in it! It is a simple concept, very lightweight car with a small motor will get good milage. The rolling resistance of only having 3 wheels helps I'm sure. Don't get me wrong here, I would love one, but it is a very simple concept that won't work in America where people don't really like very small cars.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:35 AM   #11
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Beautiful car, but doubt it would sell in the US (hope I'm wrong!). Europe has more 3-wheelers. I wonder how it does in crash tests?
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:15 PM   #12
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I would expect it does about as well as a motorcycle in crash tests.. I wouldn't strap a kid into this. ... but I would certainly drive one.
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