The Maxximus LNG 2000 (for 2,000 horsepower) supercar, driven by designer Marlon Kirby, set a quarter-mile speed record of 134 mpg on propane autogas in Georgia last month, following 159.9 mph on LNG earlier in January.
The vehicle was launched in Las Vegas last year as a way of showcasing the benefits of natural gas fuel from the “top down,” according to energy investor and philanthropist Bruce McMahan (F&F, July 18, 2011).
“We have the capability to be fuel exporters,” he told F&F last week. “It is a new industrial revolution. Natural gas is going to be the backbone of everything.”
His Centaur Performance Group team is developing “the next generation of green vehicles that provides legendary versatility for using both natural fuels and reducing our dependence on foreign fuel sources,” states a new release. “I view what we’re doing now as sort of a bridge vehicle,” McMahan says.
He hopes this fall to unveil the Centaur Dragonfly (dragonflies have four wings), that will be able to run on CNG-compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, or gasoline.
The car, to be based on a commercial Honda vehicle, will have a tiny gasoline tank (just four gallons) – and a single new-design tank, McMahan says, with innovations allowing it to handle any of the three gaseous fuels.
Dragonfly is being “specifically designed to put the owner of the vehicle in a position where they can avail themselves of the lowest priced fuel in their vicinity.”
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