Here at the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, we've just wrapped the first week of our pivotal Knockout Qualifying Stage. Seventeen vehicles from 14 teams will continue on to the second week of activities and compete in another round of rigorous on-track emissions and dynamic safety events. Congratulations to those teams continuing on to week 2 of Knockout. These include: Aptera (California), Edison2 (Virginia), Illuminati Motor Works (Illinois), amp (Ohio), Tata Motors Limited (United Kingdom), Li-Ion Motors (North Carolina), RaceAbout Association (Finland), Western Washington University (Washington), ZAP (California), FVT Racing (Canada), Spira (Thailand), Commuter Cars (Washington), TW4XP (Germany), and X-Tracer Team (Switzerland).
During this first week of the Knockout Stage, competitor vehicles had to pass technical inspections, which were also conducted during Shakedown (the first competition stage) as well as efficiency and range tests. These were tough tests and we knew it was going to be a challenging week for the teams. To advance to the Finals Stage, team vehicles needed to demonstrate to the ability to achieve at least two-thirds the minimum fuel economy and range requirements. For fuel economy, this translates to at least 67 MPGe for both vehicle classes. For range, this translates to a minimum of 134 miles for Mainstream class entries (200 miles range required at the Finals Stage) and 67 miles for the Alternative class (100 miles range required at the Finals Stage).
Next week’s events include on-track emissions and dynamic safety tests. The emissions test, required for vehicles with internal combustion engines only, consists of a four lap run on Michigan International Speedway’s two mile oval, with an average speed of approximately 23 MPH. There will be six stops per lap. The dynamic safety events consist of an acceleration (0 to 60 MPH) test, braking (60 to 0 MPH) test, accident avoidance test (also known as an emergency double lane change maneuver), highway acceleration (40 – 65 MPH) test, and a lateral acceleration test. Click here for more information about each on-track event. Track team successes and watch the action live via streaming video at http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/live.