Three wheels better than 4?
The “alé” features a unique 3-wheeled configuration: 2 in the front, and one in the rear. The front wheels drive and steer the vehicle. This design enables the car to perform at a superb level, particularly in cornering, with the car easily pulling 1.7 g’s in corners during track testing on street tires. The three-wheeled automotive platform also aid in improving fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.
The car’s key innovation is the fuel vapor system. This technology (which is in the patenting pending process) allows the engine to run on “fuel vapors” rather than liquid fuel. The majority of gas engines today run 14.7:1 – (14.7 parts air to 1 part gasoline). This proprietary fuel vapor system allows the “alé” to run on a ratio of over 20:1 without compromising performance. According to the textbooks, this ratio is impossible, as a standard engine would not start or run on a air/fuel ratio this low. With a 10 gallon gas tank found on most vehicles, the “alé” can travel from Vancouver BC to San Francisco CA on one tank. Over 15 hours of driving without filling up.
Not only does the “alé” have extreme mileage capabilities, but its performance is better than many high-end sports cars. It accelerates from 0-60 in 5 seconds, and will pull over 1.7 g’s while cornering. Brad Zimmerman, head tech for the company stated during testing, “I drove it hard at the track for 4 solid hours, throwing it into corners and accelerating fast. The car’s performance is spectacular. After all that hard driving, we only went through $10 in gas.”
The “alé” runs on regular gasoline, and easily achieves the level of “super low” emissions. Even more impressive is the fact that all the data to date has been gathered without a catalytic converter.
This is the first time the public have had a chance to view the “alé”. The company is currently seeking investors to take the “alé” into production. They will also be entering the “Automotive X-Prize” competition for the most fuel efficient production vehicle.