Really. This contest is literally for garage inventors. This August, Whiting, Indiana will host the first annual alternative-powered five-mile car race through the town. The contest is called the Alternate Power Initiative, and its sponsors, the city of Whiting and British Petroleum (BP) Whiting Business Unit wants independent American inventors to design the vehicles.
"Cowster Back To The Future" by Jerry Ong: ©Jerry Ong Spots are limited to the first 20 candidates who meet the requirements, which are pretty tough. For example, your vehicle may not be powered by solar energy, fuel cells, pedals, or battery. Nor may it use gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane, methane, or alcohol as fuel. I'll stop listing what will not meet requirements, but believe me there is much more!
In what can only be described as an anti-automaker statement, William Halliar, the chairman of the Alternate Power Initiative, said “Our automotive companies are in trouble and in desperate need of the
innovative thinking required to get them out of it. The
problem is that instead of looking to the nation’s inventors, who are
working independently, they are looking to engineers who will only
offer more of the same old solutions that got them into trouble in the
first place.” (O-kaaaay.)
There will be cash prizes offered, possibly two, with the grand prize award of $7,000. And put April 28, 2010 on your calendar!
Alternate Power Initiative via Inventor's Digest