The 100 mpg DIY Moonbeam

Any Harry Potter fans out there? Didn't think so. Anyway, for those of you repressing your affection, you might remember that in the wonderful world created by Ms. Rowling, a squib is a person that should have magical powers, but doesn't. The subject of this post is one Jory Squibb, and his homebuilt Moonbeam three-wheeled conveyance. Being created by a Squibb, it should come as no surprise that the Moonbeam was hand-fabricated and can achieve 100 mpg with absolutely no magic involved. All you need is about $2,500, Jory's plans, and approximately 1,000 hours of your spare time. That's a year of weekends at 10 hours a day.

Starting with salvaged scooter parts, Mr. Squibb built his moonbeam as a three-wheeled vehicle and says he gets about 80-85 mpg in regular driving but can hit 105 under the right conditions. The Moonbeam uses a Honda 150cc 4-stroke motor that because of its water-cooling can provide heat to the cabin on cold days. It uses a variable transmission as well so the controls are all hand operated. Just another example of backyard mechanics coming up with something unique to solve a need.

[Source: Gizmag]

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