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By Robert Rapier on Sep 25, 2006 with no responses

Man Builds 105 MPG Car

Tags: CAFE

I don’t think you would want to take it out on the interstate, but it’s pretty cool to see people working on stuff like this.

$2,500 DIY Cars

Tired of high gas prices? For $2,500 and 1,000 hours, you can build a car that gets 100 miles to the gallon.

In a world where the price of oil is trending towards infinity, large companies are quickly seeking alternative energy sources for transportation. Jory Squibb decided he’d build his own fuel-miser, and set about creating it from second-hand motorcycle parts. The resultant vehicle, christened MOONBEAM, gets 80-85 mpg around town and under economy run conditions (max 40 mph) delivers 105 mpg. Two scooters for the bits cost US $500, and the entire project took 1000 hours (a year of 20 hour weeks) to complete, with a total of US $2000 costs beyond the initial scooters. Moonbeam has a Variable speed transmission, so there’s no gear shifting (hand controls only).

He also provides step-by-step instructions for building your own:

How to Build Moonbeam

Here is the final product:

I am also about to post a story about a guy who built his own solar-powered tractor, and is working on a solar-powered car.