In 2010, the Automotive X-Prize offered a $10 million purse for the development of a street-legal car capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon equivalent. As intended, the challenge spurred innovation and creative thinking, leading to some of the most interesting green concepts we've seen at Translogic.

For some, the X-Prize journey ended when the Edison2 and E-Tracer were named the winners of their respective classes. But not so for runner-up Illuminati Motor Works and their all-electric Seven.

Host Jonathon Buckley heads to the cornfields of Central Illinois to drive the Seven, which leaves the X-Prize's criteria in the dust with its 207 MPGe rating. After years of tinkering, has the team at Illuminati finally perfected their vision for the Seven electric vehicle?


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      • 10 Months Ago

      I'm pretty sure I saw that in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

      Neil Blanchard
      • 10 Months Ago

      They have improved the car since the EPA test - from ~156Wh/mile (IIRC) down to ~129Wh/mile at 60-70MPH.  Compare that to any other EV out there.

      It is awesome.

        • 10 Months Ago
        @Neil Blanchard

        Their car should even impress Dan F. 

      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago

      Car is obviously aimed at those who seek world domination.  * puts on tinfoil hat*

      • 10 Months Ago

      207 MPGe, 200 mile range, done in someone garage, and made from parts scrounged from other cars. Ugly? That's the last thing someone should care about.


      By the way, supposedly the Illuminati (upper levels of the free masons) run the government, they do not work for the government.

      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 10 Months Ago

      "And so it looks cool". Fail. The design is confusing and should be an example of what not to do at any design class. I mean, there's no way that design gave it the extra 100 MPGe. The entire car is a mutt of parts as they admit but they seem totally unaware the outside is the biggest mutt of all.  This is why Tesla is so hot now, apparently no one else can design a hot looking electric car.

        • 10 Months Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts

        I think it look GREAT!  I like the areo styled cars from the 30's....

        Why make it boring if you don't have to...

      Revis Goodworth
      • 10 Months Ago

      But does it meet all government regulations for emissions and safety that all other vehicles have to meet?   Easy to build this without - it would be amazing if it was built and did meet all.

      • 10 Months Ago

      Cool project, but I'd like to see it in a real car's body. You know, one that can pass a crash test and has some kind of noise insulation.

      • 10 Months Ago

      Aero design ?
      Anyone know the Cd ?

      • 10 Months Ago

      I wonder what kind of MPGe's it would get if they made it with the same body style as a Honda Accord...and how would this do in a crash test? 

      Add all that weight for safety and drag for desirable looks and this thing is probably just as or even less efficient as a Leaf. Still cool and creative though. 

      • 10 Months Ago

      Why do efficient cars have to be so ugly? This car, the leaf, the prius, the volt, ford c-max etc. The Model S is the only one that is a good looking car and efficient, its just above the average american's price range. You'd think someone would see that you can put the leaf drivetrain in a mazda3/kia optima/RR Evoque body and sell the eff out of them. Sure you would lose a few mpg because of aerodynamics but they would still be sexy and efficient.  

        • 10 Months Ago

        Areo dictates the shape...

        Larry Litmanen
        • 10 Months Ago
        Let's use this example, ugly aerodynamic Prius gets 50 MPG and a much better looking Leaf gets 45 MPG. The buyer who is interested in these cars probably makes his choice based on MPGs as the primary factor.
        Love Tesla BTW.
      • 10 Months Ago

      Well this is a definite competitor for the Volt and Leaf.


      Alan K. Chan
      • 5 Months Ago
      It sounds like this car is a one off car. The X-Prize didn't cover it being street-legal and reproducable? Is that the next step for these guys or are they happy with the one off?
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