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3/15/07 7:44 PM
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kanotoa
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I know a lot of guys are going to say, "too gay", or "too dangerous" but I think this thing has potential. A lot of people drive motorcycles and scooters to save money and this thing is a whole lot safe than that. I don't think I'd want to be driving my son a whole lot in that "car" but I do most of my driving solo. I drive about 15,000 miles a year so this would pay off and it would be a hedge against higher fuel prices. As for looking gay I'd put a Tapout sticker on it to make it more menacing.
3/15/07 7:46 PM
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kanotoa
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We've been hearing about the Aptera, the ultrahighmileage supervehicle from Accelerated Composites (aka Aptera Motors) for more than a year now. Steve Fambro and his merry band of geniuses over at AC let the math do the talking when it came to the design so that the car would be as aerodynamic as possible. Pair that with a super-efficient diesel hybrid engine, and the result is 200mpg. It's only fair to note that they originally predicted 330mpg, but we're cool with 200. It's also supposed to be pretty affordable (around $20,000), thanks to some magical carbon fiber fabrication process that AC won't really talk about. The actual prototype was unveiled at TED this past weekend in Monterey, and it looks like Batman's girlfriend's car. We just hope this thing actually goes into production instead of winding up in some museum. More pictures after the jump.
3/15/07 8:15 PM
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1 seater?
3/15/07 8:18 PM
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kanotoa
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1 in front 1 in back I believe.
3/15/07 8:21 PM
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kanotoa
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The car has some issues. I'd like to see LEDs all over the car so it can be visible to huge SUV, Those wheel skits would get destroyed in Hawaii's monster potholes. I also question the reliability of the power train. No sence getting 200 MPG if your car is a lemon.
3/15/07 9:38 PM
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No, but when somebody come out with a relieable all alloy high pressure hydrogen combustion engine I'll take one of those
3/17/07 6:34 PM
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Shit, I have been driving a prius with the carpool stickers for work lately and I love it. It gets around 45-50mpg on average and being in LA the carpool thing kicks ass. It looks funny, but once you get done pumping gas in about 2 minutes and it only costs $20, you learn to live with the looks. Then the tank of gas lasts around 400 miles! 200mpg would be insane.
3/17/07 8:17 PM
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kanotoa
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lol
3/17/07 9:12 PM
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howsyourhead, you live in LA, why aren't you commuting on your bike? Legal lane splitting bro!
3/18/07 2:32 PM
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I'd split lanes with the Aptera.
3/18/07 4:52 PM
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I gave up riding on the street a while ago. I get it all out of my system at the track 4-5 days a month. Racing is way more fun then street riding IMO. There really isnt any comparison. Not only that, but after crashing a few times at the track, you realize how bad it would have been if you were on the street.

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