59 Opel gets 376.59 mpg

Energy & Sustainability

Treehugger points us to this story about a 1959 Opel T-1 that, in 1973, got in the Guinness World Record book by achieving 376.59 mpg. The car was recently rediscovered (moldering away at Talladega Raceway) and bought by a Seattle car dealer.

Some of the “tricks” used to achieve this amazing mpg were to make the car as light as possible, greatly narrow the rear axle, use super-hard low-friction tires, a chain drive, and to drive a steady 30 mph.

Hybrids, meet your rival — it gets 376.59 mpg – Link

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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