Life, Rants

I just read an article about hydrid/alternative fuels that actually had me trying to sell my car so that I could buy diesel. It’s about Johnathan Goodwin a “car hacker” who can get 100 mpg out of a Lincoln Continental among other feats. He even chose the anti-environmental poster-car, the Hummer H3, for his next conversion project. What’s he doing with it? He dropped in a 60,000 rpm turbine engine to power the generator that’ll  recharge a set of “supercapacitor” batteries that in turn power the electric engine. The result?

A 5,000-pound vehicle that gets 60 miles to the gallon and does zero to 60 in five seconds!

The real impact to me is that he’s doing this with existing technology. He’s not waiting on parts or technology to be developed. He’s in his garage tinkering, making mistakes, making guesses, but most importantly making progress. This is a quote from the article talking about the Impala that he did for the MTV show “Pimp My Ride”

The show chose a ’65 Chevy Impala, and when the conversion was done, he’d doubled its mileage to 25 mpg and increased its pull from 250 to 800 horsepower. As a stunt, MTV drag-raced the Impala against a Lamborghini on California’s Pomona Raceway. “The Impala blew the Lamborghini away,”

FastCompany article