The 100 Mile-Per-Gallon Alternative Car

100 mpg with off-the-shelf technology? Jack McCornack isn’t crazy, he just believes cars can have a lot better fuel economy than we’ve settled for historically. Enter MAX — the MOTHER EARTH NEWS entry in the Auto X Prize competition, a $10 million race for 100 mile-per-gallon alternative cars. This article details MAX’s origins and the early stages of its development.

For the first test drive of MAX’s engine setup, Jack McCornack set up an oven timer, GPS unit and 12-ounces of gas in a honey bear “tank” so he could track the gas mileage (just over 37 mpg).
For the first test drive of MAX’s engine setup, Jack McCornack set up an oven timer, GPS unit and 12-ounces of gas in a honey bear “tank” so he could track the gas mileage (just over 37 mpg).   
Photo by Jack McCornack