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After falling short in last summer’s Progressive Automotive X-Prize competition, the Illuminati team’s vehicle, “Seven,” has recently proven itself, hitting 207.5 miles per gallon equivalent at a test drive at Chrysler’s track in Michigan. Quite a feat, especially since last summer’s winner, the Edison2 Very Light Car, achieved only half of that at 102.5 MPG equivalent. The team set out to prove that hybrid electric cars could be more efficient, and we think they made their point.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency coined the MPGe comparative so that consumers could rank electric, hybrid and gasoline powered cars’ efficiency within the same parameters.  The aptly named Illuminati team, comprised of volunteers from the U.S., felt that big name car manufacturers were not making electric and hybrid vehicles as efficient as they could be – like the Nissan Leaf ,which only achieves 99 MPGe. Thus, the Seven project was born, and successfully uses just 33.7 kW of electricity per gallon.

Wanting to create a commercially drivable car, rather than a test car for efficiency, the team made the Seven street legal, and outfitted it with consumer features like air conditioning and a stereo. The exterior is a somewhat retro-futuristic, with teardrop shaped fenders that are reminiscent of Model T fenders, as well as 1950s shark fins. Seven can accelerate from 0-60 in just eight seconds, reaching 130 mph, with an endurance of around 200 miles on average.

The Illuminati team doesn’t have plans to make Seven a commercially available vehicle any time soon, but hope that their point has been proven and that big auto manufacturers will take heed to their testing and focus on higher efficiency versus style.

+ Illuminati Motor Works

Via Phys Org

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  1. jim1961 May 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

    You mentioned that the Edison2 car only achieved 102 MPG but there is a version of their Very Light Car (VLC) which has been modified to use an electric drive train. This electric powered car achieved 250 MPGe. Edison2 has been roundly criticize for winning the Automotive X Prize because they eschewed electric drive. There was a good reason for this. The Automotive X Prize rules were inadvertently biased against electric cars in the mainstream class. This was because the mainstream class required a range of 200 miles. Perhaps the X Prize committee set the range bar very high in an effort to force a technological breakthrough in battery chemistry. Notice that Illuminati claims a 200 mile range and not a centimeter more. Would they have been able to achieve a 200 mile range during the X Prize if they had not broken a clutch? We will never know. Keep in mind that I’m not dissing the Illuminati team at all. I think these guys are heroes and the Automotive X Prize rules were biased against them. I was dismayed at all the criticism aimed at Edison2 after the awarding of the X Prize. These guys achieved a lot and now they DO have an electric version of their car.

  2. caeman May 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, yeah, and the Very Light Car has a range of 600 miles “on average” versus 200. Sorry, Illuminati, you fail. When you can drive 600 miles, call us back.

  3. caeman May 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Using MPGe is misleading. This electric. Just tell us how many miles per charge at what constant speed. My Elantra will go 420 miles on a full tank.

    I would still choose the Very Light Car of this thing. Though 129 MPGe may be paltry compared to the this retro car, at least it can fill up in 5 minutes and get your across the country.

  4. dim May 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    forgot to add this…..
    here’s a look at the 1938 car.
    http://www.thecoolist.com/1938-hispano-suiza-dubonnet-xenia/

  5. dim May 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    with the exception of the hood, the cars shape is almost identical to the Hispano Sueze Dubonnet which was done in 1938 without wind tunnels.

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