Monday, July 16, 2007

Fast and frugal: The FuelVapor Alé


225km/h on three wheels? Yes if you're driving the Alé

Yet another mad trike – the Alé has two wheels at the front, one at the back, carbonfibre bodywork, and is fitted with a turbocharged, SOHC, 1.5-litre VTEC engine (sourced from Honda) that makes 180 horsepower. Zero to 100km/h takes just five seconds and top speed is limited to 225km/h.

Based in Canada, FuelVapor Technologies Inc have developed the Alé as a high performance yet frugal, super low emissions trike. The two-seater, front-wheel-drive vehicle runs on fuel vapour rather than normal liquid petrol and is capable of doing about 30km/l. The company website says that while most petrol engines run a 14.7:1 air-to-fuel ratio, the Alé runs a ratio of over 20:1, without compromising on performance.


Its calling card is that it runs on fuel vapour rather than normal liquid fuel...

More pics, details and video on the FuelVapor website here.

Other mad trikes:
Tiff Needell tests the mighty Campagna T-Rex
The amazing Gilera Fuoco 500
The trendsetting Piaggio MP3
The KTM-based Brudeli 625L
Volkswagen GX3: The Darth Vader of trikes!
Born in the USA: Can-Am Spyder

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really like the look of the car but operating in a lean burn condition typically creates an unacceptable level of NOX in the exhaust. I am curious if there has been any independent verification of their claims relating to performance, economy or emissions. I have also found another company in Oregon called Vapor Fuel Technologies that has multiple patents on a vapor system that greatly increases fuel economy without the NOX problem. Their system has been verified by an independent test lab. You can check them out at http://www.vftllc.com

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