A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America by Jason Fagone

By Sid Perkins, 11:18 AM October 21, 2013

The challenge was to build a safe, mass-producible vehicle that can carry two people 100 miles using no more than the energy in a gallon of gas. In 2007, the X Prize Foundation offered $10 million to be shared by teams that could pull it off, and in 2010, three groups claimed the prize.

Fagone, a journalist, chronicles the three-year scrum of engineering inspired by this bold challenge. Many teams sought to boost gas mileage by reducing aerodynamic drag, but one also enhanced performance by ma...

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