(AFP) - A British inventor unveiled a car he
claims is the world's most fuel efficient --
capable of doing 8,000 miles (12,875 km) to
the gallon (4.5 litres).
Andy Green, 45,
spent just 2,000 pounds (2,925 euros or
3,732 US dollars) over two years creating
the three-wheeled contraption in his spare
The car, named "TeamGreen," is 3.1 metres
(10 feet 2 inches) long and a mere 0.6
metres (2 feet) wide, weighing just 30
kilograms (four stone).
"It's a labour of love," said Green, a
technician in the mechanical engineering
department of Bath University, south-west
"I think the car is important because it
is a reminder to us all that the way to
achieve fuel-savings is to drive lighter
cars -- it's the weight of this car that is
the main reason for its fuel-efficiency," he
Green's car is powered by a single
cylinder four-stroke engine with a capacity
of just 35 cc.
It will be the only British entry in a
global competition in France later this
month to decide the world's most
The winner of the Shell Eco-Marathon
championships will be the car that runs the
longest on an average speed of 30 kilometres
per hour (18 miles per hour).
Two women, chosen for their slight
frames, have been selected to drive the
Briton's invention for the three-day event.
Green is already a seasoned inventor of
environmentally friendly motors, of which "TeamGreen"
is his fourth.
He holds the British record for
fuel-efficiency, having achieved 6,603 miles
to the gallon in one of his previous cars.