Interesting high mileage car developed in the 80's
This 2 seat, 1550 lbs car (Avion) got over 100mpg from a Rabbit diesel engine in 1982 and set some high mileage records. Noticed this car has a boattail. Like I've said before, none of this stuff we're doing is totally new, its just been ignored by the big boys in Automobile world.
If they updated the aerodynamics on the front end to drop the Cd some more they could reduce their mileage drop at the higher speeds (after all my car has nowhere near that mpg drop going from 55 to 70mph). That recessed headlamp pocket in the center of the hood is certainly adding significant drag (in the photo, it doesn't look like it has a clear flush cover over the headlamp pocket) and the grill opening, although in the right location, is overlarge for a Rabbit sized diesel ICE (and could easily be modified to become an active grill).
From the website, it looks like they trying to make a go of it today with the renewed interest in high FE vehicles and are building them to order. Also this month they are re-running their 100+mpg run along the west coast to show that their car still has the goods. It seems like they are a bit miffed with all the hoopla surrounding the automotive X-Prize when they had already created a 100+ mpg car back in 1986.
They also need to redesign the doors. I can just see having to get out of the car on a rainy day after following a cattle truck. The interior and you would get covered in whatever was in the water on top of the car. If they want to be different, build it with suicide doors, which is easier to get in and out of anyway since the door's not where your feet need to be.
Oh wait, I see... the 100mpg+ is the new version, the recycled cars they are making now...
The car has been designed to be manufactured in small volume using recycled components from the automobile recycling yards. Utilizing standard engines and drive trains installed in the Avon's light weight and aerodynamic body we can achieve significant improvements in fuel efficacy and performance making the Avion both fun to drive and while getting great mileage. In our testing the car we were able to achieve 80 mpg At 70 mph and an astonishing 114 mpg at 55 mph driving from Eugene OR. To Portland OR.
It's cool looking though - I'd totally want one if I could afford it
They also need to redesign the doors. I can just see having to get out of the car on a rainy day after following a cattle truck. The interior and you would get covered in whatever was in the water on top of the car.
The same was said about the Delorean... and it wasn't a problem (at least no more so than a "normal" car). As long as the top edge passes over the roof (rather than the cab), it shouldn't be a problem
Time is the best teacher. Unfortunately it kills all its students.