Racing for the Right Reasons: The Return of the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges

| 1/23/2011 10:30:45 PM

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This is your invitation to challenge me in fun rides to see who can consume the least fuel in real driving conditions 

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History: Between 1980 and 1985, I hosted a series of Fuel Economy Contests to see what it took to consume the least amount of fuel in real driving conditions. The winners were streamlined, very small, with about 8-10 horsepower.  After 5 years, some of these pioneers were getting over 400 mpg.

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Craig Vetter
7/26/2011 9:04:13 AM

Frank said: "if there is anything more unsafe than high speeds, it is vehicles with greatly differing speeds on the same road. I cannot support such a concept." Greatly differing speeds? Well, in Illinois, the minimum freeway speed is 45 mph on roads marked 70 mph max. That is a difference of 25 mph. In California, vehicles pulling trailers are limited to 55 mph where others are allowed to go 70 mph. Most states are like this.

Craig Vetter
7/6/2011 9:34:07 PM

Frank: The Freedom Machine proposal: provides an incentive for inventors, manufacturers and users. The better you live with less energy, the more freedom you have. It is being rewarded for being a responsible citizen. The best thing about Freedom Machines is the fact that you don't have to have one. You can ride a horse. Craig

Sean Wenger
7/4/2011 8:58:50 PM

@ Frank Lee – Maybe, the one I was thinking of changes the back ground color from Blue to Green when the car is driven economically. Apparently it also has a game where you earn leaves on a tree (or something like that). I don’t see why someone would inhibit the performance of any vehicle. That would go into the realm of punishment and reward. Like I was saying, an intangible feed back. If I wanted the speed to change for me and reward me for riding economically, I would just ride a horse. Due to fatigue the top speed would drop. But this is about machines and fuel/energy concerns. I wonder if anyone has put solar concentrators onto a bioreactor to maximize the algae growth. What would happen if small amounts of sugar were added to the waste water?

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