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High School Kids Build What Might Be the World's Most Efficient Electric Car

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Pending confirmation by the folks at Guinness, a group of students at DeLaSalle high school in Kansas City will be able to say they've built the world's most efficient electric car, a see-thru, F1-style racer that gets 300mpg equivalent.


OK, they got some help from the folks at Bridgestone America, the world's largest tire company, who contributed resources and supplied the team with high-efficiency Ecopia EP100 tires, though the car was conceived of and developed as a class project.

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The ultra light weight plug-in electric was built with the customized chassis of 2000 Lola Indy. During a recent test at Bridgestone's Texas Proving Grounds, the car got the equivalent of 300 miles per gallon fuel economy, an amazing feat the students think qualifies for the world record. Their next project? Building a vehicle that harnesses the elusive power of the atomic wedgie. [Automotta via Wired UK]

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What these kids did is really great. What isn't covered in stories like these is that, while it's cool that these kids built something like this, don't compare it to vehicles on the road today. They're not even in the same ballpark.

For this to be fantastic, this vehicle would need to be in line with other EV's quality standards, comfort standards, price, and safety standards and capability of being built on a production line. I'd be this is barely even street legal if it is at all.

Like I said, this is great but take it for what it is: a group of enthusiasts who achieved higher than other enthusiasts. Give Toyota or Honda the same parameters (including resources) and they'd make this look like a miniature Lego house next to a space elevator.

I think where I get perturbed is when this is called a "car" which most readers would immediately compare to what's on the road today.