• Jul 1, 2011
Hit hard for being too dominant, Oaktec's fuel-sipping Honda Insight has been banned from the Formula 1000 Rally Championship.

Developed exclusively for Formula 1000 rallying, Oaktec's tuned Insight returned 100 miles per gallon when pushed slowly and nearly 82 mpg when the pace quickened. Since Formula 1000 emphasizes both mileage and speed, the race-prepped Insight dominated the start of the 2011 season with two wins and a second-place finish after three events. This, competitors argued, was unfair.

So, after six years spent prepping the hybrid for competition, Oaktec boss Paul Andrews got the call from race organizers and was told the Insight is banned from competition. Andrews says:
It's a shame it had to happen mid-season but it's the risk you face in going against the grain and trying something radical. If it fails, no one notices; if it's successful, you have an unfair advantage.
Oaktec is looking to re-enter Formula 1000 in a class where the competition likely won't whine as much if the Insight dominates.

[Source: Inhabitat, OakTec]


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      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an outrage. So the N0N-Innovator Wins, with a FIXED Race.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      So super efficient engine + cvt + lithium battery pack + one of the most areodynamic production vehicles ever = 100mpg is not very surprising. It shows what vehicle manufacturers could produce if they really cared about efficiency. I am not sure what you could do to improve efficiency besides using an EV1 body made out of carbon fiber. An aptera might be more slippery, but it would not handle a rally course as easily. It is disappointing that they were booted from the competition for doing too well. They should rename themselves "Team Awesome!"
        markkiernan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Well said! I am sick of hearing fanfares from automakers for 30mpg cars when a bunch of amateurs can build a 100mpg car in the garage, or some student builds a 200mpg car in his basement. Ok they have safety standards to follow and other stuff but why such foot-dragging.
          Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @markkiernan
          The problem isn't that it can't be done, it's that the Insight was still a small two-seater car, and beyond that it was never sold at a profit. Those lightweight materials weren't cheap at all and modern hybrids actually have to sell profitably in order to be sold in large volumes. So the problem is mostly that it'd be a very costly car to produce. You can't just build a car that's super efficent, you have to build it so that you can actually sell it in large volumes while not losing money.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @markkiernan
          That's the thing though. The first gen insight is up to the safety standards of it's day ( last model was made in 2006 ). It wouldn't be too far off to update it to current ones. It goes deeper than safety !
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I can only upvote you once. What a shame.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I apologize for not being able to upvote you more than once :)
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Whenever i leave you a comment about uprating you, it gets deleted or doesn't show... am i going loco or is something going on?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      not a good message to send. if you are good at it you get excluded. reminds me of the guy who weren't allowed to become an LA cop because his IQ score was too high..
      Guillaume Séguin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Competition (in sports of all kind) is suppose to support technology improvements, not kill them. Shame
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's been asked to move to a new class. Not terribly unusual when your car shows it doesn't fit in the class the organizers thought it would. Kudos for him to making such a great competitor. But let's not get weird here. Nothing is banned, he was asked to move to a more appropriate class.
      Tony Kalniev
      • 3 Years Ago
      i dont know whats going on, but from every corner i see people comment negative things to efficiency. what is that about??? this is super efficiency and its gets negativity. tesla...negativity for the survival of the company. thailand electric cars?...illegal to drive on the road because the registration process cannot calculate the power into cc, nevermind the other benefits...or negatives from the thai society. smart grid...solar is not good, wind is not good...lets all go to nuclear and cover the planet in a toxic material that doesnt go away for 10s of thousands of years. whatever happened to an organisation for the people? it is getting quite disappointing...especially when i see people in thailand erecting another golden temple from the donations of the poor people (whos salary is quite minimal) when that money could be used for so many greater purposes, especially when there are already millions of temples across the entire country...but i guess thats another issue overall. sorry went a bit off topic...
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tony Kalniev
        Oil Company Money, and you thought Russia was the King of Propaganda. America Polls Liberal, yet votes Crack Pot = Fixed Elections. Don't look behind the curtain!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          And don't forget, George W. Bush lost the popular vote, yet was still re-elected.
          throwback
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          America only polls liberal if you poll liberal voters. We are very much a divided country with a small group of independents that generally swing national elections. Reagan won reelection by winning 49 states and only got 59% of the vote. Most presidents win with less than %53 of the vote. As for the post, whenever a car dominates the competition it is either penalized or banned. It happened to Audi when they were the only ones running road races with 4 wheel drive. It happened to the Nissan GT-R in Australia.
      usbseawolf2000
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they tweak the rule instead of banning the winner?
      rollingrock11
      • 3 Years Ago
      notorious european racism rears its ugly head. whenever an asian car does well, it gets banned.
      Fdsaf Fdsa
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://benzlogo.com Fashion Female attire Gold autumn, personality Men's clothing + Shoes, Travel bag that grabs an eye coat + Chao packet wander on the beach with fashion Free transport
      LEONARD
      • 3 Years Ago
      i say let em run anyway, i can hear the comments now Awesome run a new record to bad it does not count.
      Chris M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't that ridiculous? A rally set up specifically to achieve high mileage at reasonably high speeds, and when someone does extremely well - the goal of the rally - the competition cries foul, and they're banned for being too good and actually achieving the stated goals of the rally! Please note that there is no evidence of cheating, just being too good. So what's next? Are we going to see other top competitors being banned for being "too good"? Is this competition going to be a race to mediocrity? If so, we might as well tell the rally organizers that we're no longer interested.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris M
        "Winning is unfair" - what a joke.
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris M
        Look at NASCAR, they have lots of limits on how much modification can be done. I think if they played within the rules, it should be up to the other competitors to come close to matching what they have done.
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          Point is, they didn't violate any rules, they just did better than everyone else - which should be the whole point of a contest like this. NASCAR is different, and has a different set of rules.
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