Canada-based FuelVapor have managed to create a contradiction of terms: a sports car with low fuel consumption and low emmisions.
A two-seater tandem with 3 wheels, this vehicle combines technology from various existing cars with an unique fuel vapor injector. This way, you get solid performance and extreme mileage in one car.
It’s equipped with a 10 gallon tank, and can drive for 92 miles with just one gallon. Though, it can also reach 60 mph in under 5 seconds and still grip at 1.7G lateral acceleration. Almost too good to be true.
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Essentially, this ‘fuel vapor’ technology is just leaning the mixture from 14:1 (air/fuel) to 20:1.
The mix of parts is pretty peculiar. The engine is a 1.5 liter turbocharged Honda, which provides 180hp. The steering rack is transplanted from a Porsche 911, which should give some pretty good precision and a sporty feel. The front suspension also comes from Honda; from a CRX, to be more precise.
Because the car only weighs 1400 lbs (thanks to the light fiberglass body and a strong but lightweight chassis), the 180 hp is enough for a pretty good acceleration, and a 12.5 second quarter-mile run. The car’s speed is electronically limited to 140 miles/hour, which should pretty much be enough. I know for sure that I wouldn’t go faster in a small, 3-wheeled machine.
The designer claims they’ve still got grip at 1.7 lateral G’s, and only using street tires, with the first prototype.
They’ll also enter the car in the Automotive X-Prize.
They are currently looking for manufacturers that will do a limited production run of the car, starting early 2008.