In a fuel hungry world, emphasis is increasingly is being placed on economy, rather than speed.
In a fuel hungry world, emphasis is increasingly is being placed on economy, rather than speed. And it would be hard to imagine any vehicle that's cheaper to run than the three-wheeler that won the Shell Super Mileage Project at Mallory Park, near London on Tuesday, 5 July.
SYNOPSIS: The only foreign entrant in this year's Shell Super-mileage project was from Tampere University, Finland. The rest of the field came from the United Kingdom. In all, 22 entrants chose to spend Tuesday's warm summer day on the track at Mallory Park.
The basic object was to achieve the most economical run over ten miles (16 kms). First prize was one thousand pounds (US $1,720) with another 250 pounds (US $430) if the fuel ratio exceeded one thousand miles to the gallon (353.8 km/litre). With that type of incentive competition was fierce -- if not too fast.
The Shell Research entry, called "The Coffin", freewheeled to save fuel.
The Finnish three-wheeler also chose to switch off.
And from Shell another entry, perhaps ambitiously called "The Rocket".
The winner came from the Cranfield Institute of Technology. Driven with extreme economy, number three attained one thousand and ninety seven miles to the gallon (388.32 kms/litre), satisfying the main points, that is at least three wheels, one brake and no sails the Cranfield vehicle picked up first prize of twelve hundred and fifty pounds ($US 2150).
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Although outwardly a light-hearted contest it stems from a desire to find ways to save fuel. In a world that some say is rapidly moving towards an energy crisis, any improved technology to cut down the bill, would have to be welcomed.