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Teams Closing in $10 Million Auto X-Prize

Competition aims to deliver a marketable, 100 mpg auto.

by on Jun.24, 2010

The remaining teams seeking the Progressive Auto X-Prize will go through a shakedown at Michigan International Speedway, in the coming days. Several entrants are seen here at an earlier test.

Roughly two dozen teams have been descending on Michigan International Speedway, or MIS, about 100 miles west of Detroit, this week, and the stakes they’re after are pretty significant – a total of $10 million in cash.

But the Progressive Auto X-Prize isn’t the typical sort of high-speed race.  In fact, victory likely won’t go to the fastest car on the track.  Modeled after the Orteig Prize that, more than 80 years ago, sent Charles Lindbergh aloft over the Atlantic Ocean for his legendary solo flight, the Auto X-Prize aims to encourage the development of super-clean, ultra-high-mileage automobiles.

But the competition also puts the emphasis on real-world practicality.  The winners of the X-Prize, sponsored by Progressive Insurance, will have to demonstrate that their vehicles not only can achieve the equivalent of more than 100 miles per gallon, but that they can be put into production at an affordable cost – all the while meeting both customer expectations and federal regulations.

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Revised federal regulations recently began ramping up the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, a roughly 30% increase, and most industry observers expect Washington to bump the numbers even higher by 2020.

“We’re not only hoping to accelerate the pace of change but also serve as a broker of information to the consumer,” says Eric Cahill, the Auto X-Prize executive director.


NASCAR Needs to Improve MIS. But How?

Sunday’s race at Michigan’s 42-year-old track was a snooze.

by on Jun.15, 2010

Debris or not debris? That is the question.

It’s time for NASCAR to improve the racing at Michigan International Speedway.

The speedway has seen numerous improvements over the years, mostly to better the fan experience outside the track itself, but Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 illustrates that the series needs to improve racing at the 2.0-mile tri-oval in the Irish Hills.

One of the main reasons for NASCAR’s explosive growth in recent years has been the competitiveness of the racing. Tradin’ paint, jockeying for position and liberal use of yellow lights and almost identical cars – all make the series the most competitive form of automotive racing in the world.

However, Sunday’s race at Michigan’s 42-year-old track was a snooze. Denny Hamlin led 123 laps out of 200. Only two other drivers, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne, were anywhere near him for most of the race.

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Race winner Denny Hamlin said it appeared to him that NASCAR did its best to bunch up the cars, calling what appeared to be a phantom caution for debris on the track with 17 laps to go, for one final restart.

Kasey Kahne, 9 seconds behind, said he saw debris, not without self interest.