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AddQ&A with 'Ingenious' author Jason Fagone on the legacy of X Prize [w/video]

New book recounts MPG competition in fascinating detail

In 2007, more than 200 teams set out on an ambitious automotive undertaking. The X Prize Foundation announced it would create a $10-million competition open to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that achieved 100 miles per gallon equivalent. AutoblogGreen followed the competition in real time, but the grueling three-year adventure has now been recounted in fascinating detail by author Jason Fagone in Ingenious, a new book on sale this month.

AddAutomotive X Prize: Grueling competition led to mass exodus

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AddAutomotive X-Prize: Recap and wrap up

As our coverage of the 2010 Automotive X-Prize comes to a close, now is as good a time as any to recap some of the events that led to the crowning of this year's champions. From the beginning, many of the X-Prize entrants likely knew that the grueling competition would cut the massive field of participants down to almost nothing, but they tenaciously competed for the title with the goal of winning always front and center. Setbacks along the way led to the early disappearance of several teams, bu

AddAutomotive X-Prize: Li-Ion Motors Wave II wins Alternative Side-by-Side Class

Li-Ion Motors Wave II – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: Edison2 Very Light Car crowned as champion in Mainstream Class

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: E-Tracer captures victory in Alternative Class-Tandem

X-Tracer – Click above for high-res image gallery

17Automotive X Prize: And the winners are... (spoiler alert)

Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X Prize: And the winners are ...

Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: And the winners will be ... (streamed live)

In just a short while, the Automotive X-Prize will come to an end with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Wish you could be there? So do we, but we'll all have to make due with the next best thing: live streaming of the event. Starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT this morning, the X-Prize team will offer a live video feed here.

AddAutomotive X-Prize: no money until cars pass dynamometer validation tests

The on-track testing portions of the Automotive X-Prize are over with, and the vast majority of teams have been eliminated from contention. However, the $10 million in prize money won't be handed out until September 16. Before those checks are signed, the remaining competitors will have to complete a drive cycle on a dynamometer at the Argonne National Labratory. The dyno results will be averaged with the on-track results and the final numbers will have to top the 100 MPGe values originally set

AddAutomotive X-Prize: Edison2 gets its engines ruined, manages to stay in competition

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

9Automotive X-Prize: Finalists announced, X-Tracer now last team standing in Tandem class

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: finalists announced, X-Tracer now last team standing in Tandem class

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: TW4XP evolves human-hybrid Twike three-wheeler for competition

TW4XP at the Automotive X-Prize – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: Finals Stage heats up as Edison2 tries to stay cool with ice

Edison2's Very Light Car gets packed with ice – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAutomotive X-Prize: Where it's at today

The Finals Stage of the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is taking place this week and, if nothing else, the organizers and teams involved now really know what they're doing. Most everything is running well and the teams "sailed" through tech inspection, in the words of Eric Cahill, the X-Prize's senior director. Also, there are fewer cars now to test, so the scene at the Michigan International Speedway is quiet and tense. After all, there's a lot of money – $10 million total – up for

AddAutomotive X-Prize Knockout stage could eliminate half of remaining teams

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddVote for your favorite Automotive X-Prize vehicle(s), win $3,000

As the Progressive Automotive X Prize (PIAXP) competition enters the "Knockout Qualifying Stage," organizers are seeking your participation. The public is being invited to vote for their favorite vehicle in four different categories from now until the 6th of September. You can vote every day and, in case you need motivation, the organizers are offering up a grand prize of $3,000 for a randomly chosen entry and one stylish PIAXP jacket will also be awarded for each fan favorite category. The firs

AddAutomotive X-Prize: X Tracer team squeaks two quirky cars into next stage

X-Tracer – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddThe Automotive X prize is for chumps - Kansas students aiming for 500 mpge

We've told you about the University of Kansas EcoHawks before. They're a group of engineering students from KU who are trying to build a car that will get 500 miles per gallon-equivalent. One of their ongoing projects is a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle that they've converted to be a series hybrid running on lead-acid batteries. Until recently, the car was charged by a biodiesel-powered generator, the biodiesel being made from waste vegetable oil (WVO) sourced from campus. Now, the mechanical engineerin

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