Viking 45 Advances to Second Stage of Automotive X Prize Competition

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Viking 45 to Second of Automotive Prize Competition

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15-May-2010

BELLINGHAM Viking 45, entry of Washington University’s Research Institute, made it the next of the Automotive X-Prize at Michigan Speedway outside

WWU’s Viking team puts touches on vehicle shortly departing for X-Prize’s Shakedown at Michigan Speedway outside last month.

The Progressive X-Prize is global competition produce a production automobile, WWU is of only universities in nation entered the other Cornell. The of the competition is inspire a generation of super-efficient automobiles help break world’s addiction oil and the effects climate change. that effect, teams now from India’s Tata Motors an $8.8-billion-per-year – down teams with fewer resources the VRI.

The first stage of competition, the Stage, ran April 26-May The field entries has winnowed down more than teams a ago through series of and production as well the just-completed Stage, which four more

The next of the the Knockout Stage, starts 15. Viking is technically “probation,” and to show a number small issues by the in the stage have fixed before can begin, VRI Director Leonhardt said issues – as leaving some interior a question the type fasteners used, the implementation a backup for the – have been remedied the car have any with the inspection.


“We’ve addressed items they us to and we good about tech inspection,” Leonhardt. “And stage itself be very but we’re about it.”

The Knockout Stage will the vehicles each class series of tests, such zero-to-60 acceleration 60-to-zero braking lane change, emissions test, durability test, the all-important test. In stage, any that can’t the minimum of 67 per gallon automatically disqualified. number rises each successive reaching 100 per gallon the finals.

Only 10-20 will advance the Finals in July, about 8-15 will likely on to final Validation in August. September, three the remaining will be as the winners, splitting million in money between

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