The Ale concept vehicle does 92 miles to the gallon, 0–60 in under 5 seconds and corners like a go-cart. Repeat this mantra – ‘three wheels good, four wheels bad’. The secret to the fuel economy comes from a new ‘fuel vapour system’ technology, which sounds interesting. Shame it only holds two passengers though. [Via Gizmag]
The car’s key innovation’s are the fuel vapor system and it’s light weight aerodynamic body. This fuel vapor technology (which is in the patent pending process) allows the engine to run on “fuel vapors” rather than liquid fuel. The majority of gas engines today run 14.7:1 – (14.7 parts air to 1 part gasoline). This proprietary fuel vapor system allows the “alé” to run on a ratio of over 20:1 without compromising performance. According to the textbooks, this ratio is impossible, as a standard engine would not start or run on a air/fuel ratio this low. With a 10 gallon gas tank found on most vehicles, the “alé” can travel from Vancouver BC to San Francisco CA on one tank. Over 15 hours of driving without filling up.