The Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize is a huge undertaking involving Establishing a venue, staffing, training, developing tests, setting up Consumers Reports Certifications, and taking over the Michigan International Speedway in the outback, near a small town named Brooklyn in our fair State of Michigan.
Update - Sept 8/10
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be hosted by Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post; Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Glenn Renwick, President and CEO of Progressive Insurance and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the winning and finalist teams and get an up close look at the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future of the automotive industry.
Historical Society of Washington, DC 801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize is a huge undertaking involving Establishing a venue, staffing, training, developing tests, setting up Consumers Reports Certifications, and taking over the Michigan International Speedway in the outback, in a small town named Brooklyn in our fair State of Michigan.
The goal of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, is to inspire a new generation of viable, safe, and super fuel-efficient vehicles capable of achieving 100 MPGe.
The X PRIZE Foundation established the competition and appointed a young Engineer, Eric Cahill, as the senior Director for the competition. The set up the staff, tests, procedures, and stages for winnowing out the winners for divvying up the $10,000,000 X-Prize was excellently run.
The Teams were housed in the Paddock area which had four metal buildings with a number of bays for race cars so it was a near perfect situation for the effort. Because of a relatively new building placed between the garages and the Pit Road, there was a magnificent view of the track and all the amenities that any media and test related person could want. MIS is the most steeply banked track in America and some 20 years ago the Human Powered Vehicles held their time trials there as well.
There were three on-track competition stages throughout the summer – Shakedown Stage, Knockout Qualifying Stage and the Finals Stage. Competition events began in April and ended in late July and were followed by dynamometer testing during the Validation Stage held at Argonne National Labs near Chicago, IL.
Included as sidebar information to this article is a PDF article by the Progressive Automotive Competition which provides background information of each team and a photo of the team and the vehicle or vehicles entered.
A number of events were held in pulling off this competition:
Shakedown Stage: May7.
There were 33 vehicles representing 24 teams.
These were gasoline, Steam, Electric, biodiesel and Hybrid powered.
Twenty-two teams passed Shakedown and advanced to the Knockout Stage.
The Knockout Qualifying Stage: June 20-30.
Fifteen vehicles from 12 teams survived Knockout and advanced to the Finals.
This was the toughest phase which eliminated the greatest number of vehicles,13 and 8 teams.
THE FINAL STAGE in July:
This was the third and final on-track competition stage. During this stage, teams will competed in emissions, efficiency, and range events conducted by the competition organizers. In addition, teams had to successfully complete various dynamic safety events, including 0-60 mph acceleration test, 60-0 mph braking, and a double lane change avoidance maneuver, conducted and evaluated by automotive engineers from Consumer Reports. Nine vehicles representing seven teams passed the Finals Stage and advanced to the Validation Stage. Nine vehicles representing seven teams passed the Finals Stage and advanced to the Validation Stage.
The VALIDATION STAGE was held at Argonne National Labs in Chicago, IL., the week following the FINAL Stage.
The AWARDS CEREMONY will be held in Washington DC in September.
Nine vehicles representing 7 teams are finalists.
Team standings are available at http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/team-central. The following is a complete list of remaining teams, along with the class in which they compete and their fuel type:
I have included the number of wheels of each vehicle…
Mainstream Class (Two vehicles, one team)
- Edison2, Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine --- 4 wheels
- Edison2, Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine --- 4 wheels
Alternative Class – Tandem (Two vehicles, one team)
- X-Tracer, E-Tracer #72 (Switzerland), Battery Electric --- 2 wheels
- X-Tracer, E-Tracer #79 (Switzerland), Battery Electric --- 2 wheels
Alternative Class – Side-by-Side (Five vehicles, five teams)
- Aptera, Aptera 2e (San Diego, CA), Battery Electric --- 3 wheels
- Li-ion Motors, Wave II (North Carolina), Battery Electric --- 4 wheels
- RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout (Finland), Battery Electric --- 4 wheels
- TW4XP, (Germany), Battery Electric --- 3 wheels
- ZAP, Alias (Santa Rosa, CA), Battery Electric --- 3 wheels
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