Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:28 PM ET
An electric vehicle designed by a former Formula 1 racecar designer sipped its way to first place in a showcase race for cars of the future by getting the equivalent of 350 miles per gallon on the 57.13 mile course.
The two-seater T.27 by Gordon Murray Design covered the route from Brighton to London within the allocated time of the Royal Automobile Club's Future Car Challenge, which includes a pit-stop at Central Sussex College.
The T.27 completed the course using just 7 kilowatt hours of electricity, which the company says is 64 pence ($1.03) worth of energy and the equivalent of 350 miles per gallon.
The car's actual battery has a range of just 100 miles, similar to the Nissan Leaf, though at about half the size takes 4 hours to charge on a domestic socket.
Murray's advantage over other cars includes a lightweight design and a proprietary manufacturing process that brings Formula One technology to everyday motorists. Lightweight materials, he notes, are the most powerful tool for solving the world's energy problems.
This sentiment has been seen elsewhere in the automotive sector, including the package delivery company UPS, which is road-testing trucks made with composite body panels that make it 1,000 pounds lighter than comparable models.
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