Auto X-Prize announced

The X-Prize Foundation, the organization behind the Ansari X-Prize for private space craft, has announced a new prize for automobiles:       

The draft guidelines outline a challenging multi-year competition witha multi-million-dollar cash purse. Teams first are required to meet arduous standards proving they are capable of designing and building production-capable, super-efficient vehicles. The vehicles then will compete in a series of rigorous stage races that test the vehicles under real-world driving requirements and conditions. Vehicles will compete in two different categories - Mainstream (4+ passengers, 4+ wheels) and Alternative (2+ passengers, no requirement on number of wheels). Winning vehicles must exceed 100 miles per gallon or its equivalent, while also meeting rigorous emission requirements.

More information on the challenge is available at