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Illuminati Seven – Click above for high-res image gallery

Back in June of 2010, the electric vehicle from Illuminati Motor Works, called Seven, was in pieces in the team's garage bay at the Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage in Brooklyn, MI. Still, the team slapped the car together, and the haphazardly assembled Seven averaged 119.8 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) over three efficiency tests.

Recently, the worked-over Seven hit the Chrysler Proving Ground in Chelsea, MI for another round of efficiency tests. This time, with the Seven functioning near its optimum level of efficiency, the electrified sedan received an official rating – based on the EPA 74 test cycle – of 207.5 MPGe, making it the most efficient street-legal, full-size sedan in the world, according to Illuminati. For the sake of comparison, the Nissan Leaf is rated at 99 MPGe and the Chevrolet Volt hits 93 MPGe. For an in-depth explanation regarding the Seven's overall efficiency, check out Iluminati's blog here. Hat tip to Neil!


Photos by Sebastian Blanco / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Illuminati Motor Works]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry for being OTS.

      EV,
      "To keep costs down I will go with a 11" or 13" as oppose to Siamese 9" 's."
      You must be talking motor dia??
      Are you going to post progress photos on the Anglia project??
      If so can you tell me where??
      GSB
        • 4 Years Ago
        I will be putting them in Facebook which links to my photobucket. Guess I should start a blog somewhere. I will be putting it in the EV album eventually and it will be linked to the Yaris EV. I am all ready kicking myself for not taking pics of the V8 shoehorned into the engine compartment before it was removed. I have a guy who knows much about mechanics and EV power trains that I will have to be nice to until I get the project done. The rearend will cost a bit to get fabbed in.

        http://s331.photobucket.com/albums/l446/Freeridelectric/

        http://www.evalbum.com/1892
      • 4 Years Ago
      They put a whole lot of love into this vehicle. It only weighs 150 lbs more than my Yaris EV, 2750 lbs vs 2900 for the Seven. Mine is easier to park and gathers very little if any attention. Seven accelerates far better and goes further. Jack Rickard likes these boys at Illuminati, they have hootspa.

      Marcopolo, your not even gonna look at this are you? Too busy partying with the sheilas down under? : ) I got the Ford Anglia, got a 13" and a 11" inch motor not sure which one I will use. David Martin should know what a Anglia looks like. Anglia was billed as the worlds cheapest car when the new 1953 version came out, I have a 1959. It is a ugly purple.

      http://s331.photobucket.com/albums/l446/Freeridelectric/
        • 4 Years Ago
        My brother had one (a Ford Anglia) in around 1959.
        The angled rear window meant it stayed remarkably clean.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Michael Walsh, I am pretty sure it is the 100e model. The ID plate in the engine compartment was removed when they painted it but according to Wiki I have the 100e

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Anglia#Anglia_100E_.281953.E2.80.931959.29
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ EVSH

        Ah, the Super Seven. Y'know I really like this little car. It reminds me of the weird home made cars of the fifties and sixties. The same earnest, proudly hopeful faces staring out of those old photo's. It's odd how futuristic designs on paper, suddenly look so dated in three dimensions. My congratulations to the team at Illuminati Motor Works, a lot of useful information comes from this sort of hard work and dedication. (DF could really take a lesson from these guys).

        Even 'though the car does look a little like it should be in a R. Crumb, Furry Freak Bros comic, it's still a really great effort!

        Ah Ha! So you bought the little Ford Anglia eh? Great little cars. It wasn't this model of the Anglia that was billed as the world cheapest car but the pre-war Popular/Anglia that was still kept in production into the late fifties, even after the new models were released. (The 1960 film 'Never Let Go' Starring Mike Todd and Peter Sellars as a gangster!, featured this older model's theft, as the film's central theme) .

        Your model is the two-door, lower spec version of the 4 door Ford Prefect. As a small child, I can remember getting a ride home from Prep school in an Anglia driven by a very large District Nurse ( I had Chicken Pox, one look at the colour of your car, would have cured me!).

        The Anglia's styling came from Henry Ford II's concept of a Ford Family of Cars, beginning with the US Lincoln/Mercury/Customline, down sizing to the UK Zephyr/Zodiac/Consul, finally the smallest Prefect /Anglia. The Anglia also was available in a Van configuration, and sold as a Ford Thames/Trader.

        Great little car, very strong and simple. It should prove an excellent conversion. Best of luck .

        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh. If the new one came out in 1959, then since my brother could not afford to buy new it must have been several years later.
        In 1959 he probably still had his first car, which I haven't got a clue what it was, but it had running boards.
        After that he had a Standard, I think it was called.
        • 4 Years Ago
        EVSH....what you have wasn't really called an Anglia in some parts of the world. Certainly in the UK we were more inclined to refer to it as a Ford Popular. I guess it's proper name was "Ford Popular 103E/Anglia".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh no David Martin, The one you referenced is the Harry Potter vehicle, mine is the model just before that one, built from 1953 to 1959.
        • 4 Years Ago
        EVSH & Marco -

        might find it interesting that the Ford Anglia made a bigger splash in two dimensions than three. A dodgy 1967 model 105E is the flying car star of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Recently via the traveling HP Exhibition, the movie car was featured at the Seattle auto show. Where? Directly across from Ferrari, Audi, Porsche, specialty car section. Big draw. Dedicated Anglia owners of various models stopped by to sing praises and recall their glory days driving this little gem across the UK landscape.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah, OK. Never mind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While the MPGe is most impressive, this thing will never see public roads, legally. There's no way it will meet crash tests.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seven is a daily driver in Springfield, IL. Legally.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then Springfield needs to get its act together in the name of safety for its citizens. I can tell from the photographs this thing would be unsafe in an accident.
          • 3 Years Ago
          I've had both of my girls (4 and 9 years old) in Seven at speed, on a starlight night on country roads. After seeing Kevin and Wolfgang race at 80+mph around Michigan International and pass all of the X PRIZE safety tests I have MORE confidence in Seven than in many vehicles "legally" on the road in the US, let alone Illinois (Seven is much more safe than bicycles, motorcycles, most SUV's -- all legally on the road, nationwide). The X-PRIZE did extensive safety checks on the vehicles before *each* racing/testing session, which Seven passed. I doubt Maplewood's qualifications to judge a vehicle safe by just looking at photographs of it: transportation types are loathe to use the term "accident" to refer to crashes as crashes are preventable while accidents imply they are not. Matt Childress, Team TW4XP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thorium Nuclear Reactors, leah09. No need for knee-jerk reactions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seven was inspected by the IL Secretary of State police in 2010 and met the requirements for a custom built automobile. It has a VIN, a licence plate, and is a daily driver in central IL.

      The photos above are from the X Prize competition, which did not require that the cars be street-legal. Seven received its VIN after the competition was over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, in other words, it does NOT meet the same US Federal safety requirements that the Leaf, Volt, and other cars meet. It doesn't have 5 mph bumpers or airbags or side impact beams or crumple zones - that heavy, invisible stuff that the Leaf and Volt carry around every day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Anyone know where to find a chart of the EPA74 cycle or know its real name in this list:
        http://www.epa.gov/nvfel/testing/dynamometer.htm

        I tried googling it and it refers back to this article. I know there is EPA75, but couldn't find EPA74 in any detail, specifically the chart.

        Anyways, the Leaf and Volt was tested under standard EPA procedures (pre-2008) and then corrected by 30% (multiply result by 0.7). For unadjusted, the Leaf got 151.5 City, 131.3 Hwy, 141.69 combined (MPGe).
        http://www.smidgeindustriesltd.com/leaf/EPA/
        • 4 Years Ago
        John H, good point. Mass produced vehicles must meet different standards and that is why it isn't fair to directly compare Seven to the Leaf. But at the same time, were Seven mass manufactured, its body would be lighter than it is now (the framework is currently much heavier than need be), which could offset the extra weight of standard safety equipment. The MPGe would, of course, be lowered, but with its better aerodynamics, a fully-compliant version shouldn't produce MPGe results that were too shabby.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I usually hate the way these EV's look, but this is FANTASTIC! I love the retro chrome trim. :D
      Lou
      • 4 Years Ago
      yowssah
      • 4 Years Ago
      EV,
      Shouldn't an Anglia have a small block chevy in it??
      Just kidding (sort of)

      Should be an interesting project.!!
      GSB
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GeorgeS, pretty funny. Especially because I pulled a small block chevy 305 out of it. They had a power glide tranny in it, the bell housing took up so much space their was no place to put the gas pedal. I will be cutting the bell housing shape out and returning it closer to the stock fire wall/floor boards so the accelerator pedal can go where it is suppose to. The car needs much work. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they copy the Hyundai Veloster?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "street legal" meeting all US Federal / Euro / wherever safety requirements, or meeting minimal "kit" car requirements?
      • 4 Years Ago
      EV,
      That's funny.re the Anglia.
      Do you do EV conversions?? if so I'd like to check out your web site for fun.
      Post a link if you have one.
      GSB
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks George, I do not do conversions. I purchased the Yaris in 2008 because I wanted a car that exceeded 100 miles range and was not confident enough to do the conversion myself. Batteries have gotten better since 2008 and I have learned by reading on the net so now I am ready to build a street legal drag car. With the help of a few friends. Who knows what it will end up costing and how fast it will go. To keep costs down I will go with a 11" or 13" as oppose to Siamese 9" 's. This will make batteries more affordable and last longer. As batteries get better and cheaper I may attempt to drop Siamese 9's in with a pack that can run them at full potential. I will be putting a Ford 9 inch rear end in soon, it should be able to take the tork of any motor I use. No tranny, direct drive. I really don't know what I am doing but am going to do it anyway.

        http://www.evalbum.com/1892
      Lou
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is the ugliest car I have ever seen!
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