After 15 years of research and labor George Parker, the President of Fuel Vapor Technologies is closer now than ever to seeing his dream come to fruition. With patents pending on his engine technology, Parker is sharing a first glimpse of the Fuel Vapor ale to the public. More astonishing than the design of the 3-wheeled vehicle is the output of the ultra-light auto.
With a high mileage, turbo charged 1500cc Honda engine the Fuel Vapor ale puts out 180-hp and achieves a zero-to-sixty time of 5 seconds and a quarter mile time of 12.9 seconds. Oh, did I mention that those results are acquired while still getting 92 miles-per-gallon? The secret to the ale’s output? …it is in the air.
Parker has developed his Fuel Vapor technology system that feeds a modified mixture of fuel and air than your typical compbustion engine. First the fuel is taken from liquid form into a gaseous form and then it is mixed with the air into the cylinder at an unthinkable ratio. A typical combustion engine is fed a fuel air mix of 14.7 parts of air to every one part of fuel (14.7:1). The Fuel Vapor ale increases that ratio to 20:1.
Essentially what is happening is the ale is using less fuel to produce a better performing and efficient engine. And because the fuel is fed in a vapor form their are fewer particles of fuel that fail to burn. Thus the Fuel Vapor ale is producingÂ 75%fewer carbon emissions on regular fuel without a catalytic converter installed than any hybridÂ car and far less than any gasoline engine on the planet (hehe.. non-proven hyperbole.. I couldn’t help myself).
Currently the Fuel Vapor Technologies company is waiting on their patent to be processed and awaiting on investors to help them along. The intent is to make the Fuel Vapor ale a production car, which is a requirement to be considered for the Automotive X-Prize competition. The prize money put up for the first car to reach 100-mpg is $10million, but the contingency on winning the prize is that the car is ready and able to be produced in adequate numbers.
The car may be too small for some or look like a shovel to others and that is fine. The Fuel Vapor ale is a large step toward proving that engine technologies do exist that can allow for better fuel economy. While a 1500cc engine may not drive a Suburban down the road nobody asked the Wright Brothers to build a Lear jet after their first flight along the beach in North Carolina.
Head over to Fuel Vapor Technologies website to learn more about the Fuel Vapor ale and about the Fuel Vapor System.