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.

The “Corrode Warrior,” a rusty, old Toyota of unknown origins, served as the donor car for the first test drive of MAX’s engine setup, complete with honey bear fuel tank.
The “Corrode Warrior,” a rusty, old Toyota of unknown origins, served as the donor car for the first test drive of MAX’s engine setup, complete with honey bear fuel tank.
Photo by Jack McCornack