The goal of the X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break the global addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. A ten million dollar cash purse will be awarded to the teams that win long-distance races for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 miles-per-gallon energy equivalent.
Teams are accepted for the X-PRIZE competition based on preliminary information about their entry.
Step 2 (now):
Accepted teams provide evidence that their vehicle or designs are production capable. Those that pass will be invited to the competition events.
Step 3: The Races (May-August 2010 - open to the public)
Those that pass preliminary safety tests will participate in competition events, which include:
- PIAXP Stage Race, high-mileage race comprising stages in up to ten cities or locations, to be determined. Statistically, the overall course will reflect known consumer driving patterns,incorporating a variety of realistic and performance-illustrating driving conditions, terrains, and trip profiles. Vehicles will race rally-style over closed public roads and on one or more closed tracks. Vehicles must obey all traffic regulations, including speed limits. The Race will enable fair, technology-neutral comparisons of vehicles while maximizing public impact.
- A “knockout” qualifying event will be held to admit vehicles to the final race stages. To advance, vehicles must pass a full set of active safety performance tests, demonstrate Tier 2, Bin 10 criteria emissions, and demonstrate at least 67 MPGe. The knockout event will be conducted at a suitable test track or proving ground, and will be open to the public and the media.
- After a 2-4 week hiatus to prepare for the final events, there will be four to six on-road or track stages, with additional performance tests and a dynamometer stage occurring roughly midway. The competition will also include high-profile non-scoring stages, including a hill climb, maximum distance (“drive-till-you-drop”), and top speed runs.
This is gearing up to be one sensational event. Follow our progress here and on twitter, or visit our Tango X-Prize page: http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/teams/tango.
The event will be in 10 different cities, so there may be ample opportunity to witness some history in the making.
You say you want a revolution? Bring it on, baby!
X-Prize List of Teams: http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/teams
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