28 Sep '12, 10pm

A cool design update to the Edison2 car, grand prize winner of the Progressive Auto X PRIZE:

Edison2, awarded the $5 million top prize in the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE competition, is heading into round two of development. Armed with a partnership with Altair ProductDesign (for engineering services related to structural optimization and suspension design, among other areas of innovation), a follow-up model is in the works. The Edison2 Very Light Car (VLC) won accolades in the XPRIZE competition for its combination of light weight and low aerodynamic drag. Weighing 830 pounds, and with a drag coefficient of 0.160, the VLC recorded 110 MPGe (EPA combines) at the competition, using a 250 cc internal combustion engine. The electric version, the eVLC, also set records for electric car efficiency, with the four-passenger vehicle achieving 245 MPGe on the EPA five-cycle test. Altair will study suspension, vehicle impact, and structure to improve perfor...

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