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Old 06-14-2009, 12:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by rjacob View Post
Well, got an answer!!! They dropped out of the contest having never been an official entrant. They had submitted a letter of intent, but never got passed that stage. What a joke!

Details can found here:
HP2G acrimoniously drops out of Auto X Prize
I've found him and his HP2g Mustang to be an excellent topic, so much so I posted an article about him on my blog. I emailed his firm and received replies that started out abrupt, turned cordial, and ended with a tacit threat (the email chain is copied in the blog post). I've added a couple of updates based on other tidbits I've found, most interestingly, a CNN reporter doing a piece on the HP2g said that the designers think that with a little tweaking they'll get 500 m.p.g. I find that rather unlikely.

I should add that HP2g has a press release about dropping out here and Progressive (the sponsor) responds here.

Last edited by PA32R; 06-14-2009 at 12:41 AM.. Reason: Added links press release from HP2g, Progressive response
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