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.

Jack McCornack and his “accomplices” for the MAX project are having so much fun, it ought to be illegal. From left, that's Sharon Westcott pushing the paint, Jacky Leggitt crunching the calculator, LeRoy Clouser running the riveter, Jack McCornack wielding the wrench, and Dave Levison manning the Miller.
Jack McCornack and his “accomplices” for the MAX project are having so much fun, it ought to be illegal. From left, that's Sharon Westcott pushing the paint, Jacky Leggitt crunching the calculator, LeRoy Clouser running the riveter, Jack McCornack wielding the wrench, and Dave Levison manning the Miller.
Photo by Louise Gettle