Gets 90 Miles on Gallon of Gas (Jul, 1929)

Gets 90 Miles on Gallon of Gas

THIS youngster, shown in the photo below, is the envy of all the children in her neighborhood. Her ‘”private car” run? from its own power and is easily operated. It was built by her father and is capable of going 30 miles an hour. She gets about 90 miles on a gallon of gas.

11 comments
  1. Casandro says: June 2, 20119:06 am

    Well if a father can build a 90 MPG car in his spare time why can’t the car industry do the same?

  2. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 2, 20119:26 am

    @Casandro: Umm – let’s see – 30 mph, 2.5 HP engine (single cylinder, most likely), probably total “vehicle curb weight” of under 150 lbs, no safety or crash protection, etc. Basically, if you want a 90 MPG car, be prepared to give up a whole heck of a lot (and realize that those oversized older cars are still on the road, ready to crumple you). It’d probably be safer just to buy and ride a motorcycle (and you’d probably get the 90 MPG too).

  3. Hirudinea says: June 2, 20119:33 am

    Of course today this would be totally illegal.

  4. Casandro says: June 2, 201111:05 am

    Well at 30 mph you probably need a lot less protection. Besides you can build save light cars. Weight is not a safety feature.

  5. John says: June 2, 201111:15 am

    Casandro » Is that your final answer?
    http://www.iihs.org/new…
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    Sorry, you lose, but we have some lovely parting gifts for you.
    “Weight is not a safety feature”? Amazing!

  6. Charlene says: June 2, 201111:48 am

    @Hirudinea – illegal? Sure. Stupid as all hell too.

  7. Toronto says: June 2, 20112:39 pm

    You folks do realize that there are cyclists on the roads with vehicles that weigh much less, eh? Not that we hit 30 mph all that often on the street, but still, we’re out there.

    (Though I must admit my total vehicle weight is somewhat over 150 pounds these days.)

  8. Jari says: June 2, 20112:54 pm

    Charlene, Hirudinea: At least in here, it’s illegal only if you drive it on a public road.

    Toronto: Yep, being one of those, in all aspects :)

  9. Andrew L. Ayers says: June 2, 20113:51 pm

    @Toronto: Really? Maybe that was the bump I felt underneath my truck the other day (just kidding – I’m actually really courteous to bike riders, having rode a bike daily until I was 21). I know that weight isn’t a safety feature, but safety features add weight (and such features are required by law, at least here in the US, if you want to sell such a vehicle). It would probably be very difficult to make a safe, but extremely lightweight vehicle for everyday use. Still, there are many things that could be done (if people would be willing to pay for them) that could lighten our vehicles, possibly make them a bit safer, and have greater mpg. Things like more advanced composites (carbon fiber honeycomb?), lighter engines (maybe an engine block made from titanium or magnesium?), etc. Even so, though – I wouldn’t want to be in such a vehicle and be broadsided by a 6000 lb SUV…

  10. John says: June 2, 20113:58 pm

    Andrew L. Ayers » Another one. Weight isn’t a safety feature? Yeah it is.

  11. Toronto says: June 2, 20116:44 pm

    Andrew: The simple solution – get the 6000 lb SUVs off the public roads. :0)

    Speaking of which, I saw a bunch of Fiat 500s (the new ones) on my way home tonight. Talk about tightly packed! It made my old Suzuki Swift look large.

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