• Jul 2, 2008
A Toledo, Ohio-area mechanic is claiming to have a miracle breakthrough originally conceived by his grandfather more than 60 years ago. The development has supposedly been installed on Doug Pelmear's 1987 Ford Mustang and allows it to achieve 80-110mpg, depending on which story you believe. Personally, I'm not inclined to believe either story. Particularly since Pelmear also claims that the Mustang now produces 400hp and 500lb-ft of torque and accelerates from 0-60mph in 3 seconds with a top speed of 180mph. 400hp would not be nearly enough to move a Fox-body Mustang of this vintage through the air at that speed nor would it give the car that kind of acceleration especially not while achieving that kind of fuel efficiency.
A Toledo TV station visited with Pelmear and reporter Aaron Brilbeck decided that any hint of skepticism or even probing questions about exactly how this machine works would be inappropriate. The Mustang does have E85 stickers on it, although using ethanol would be unlikely to be beneficial unless the mileage number is based purely on the amount of gasoline used directly as fuel and ignoring the ethanol. Pelmear apparently intends to enter his car in the Automotive X-Prize, where a few more probing questions will be asked. Thanks to Paul and Brent for the tips!

[Sources: WNWO.com, MustangEvolution]


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