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…It’s Things Thursday: Zoombicycles?


Get up and go with an engine from Zoombicycles, a DIY moped kit that turns any bike into a speed machine with the addition of a 49cc or 80cc 2-stroke motor, gas tank, clutch and throttle controls.

Once you’re up and running, the engines can do between 18 and 30 miles per hour, and gets up to 150 miles per gallon, though the tank isn’t exactly going to take you on any cross-country road trips.

The best part is that because you provide the bike and do the install yourself, the kits are rather cheap, with all the necessary parts setting you back between $100 and $200 depending on options.

If you’ve got the need, then Zoombicycles is here to provide the speed.


[Via: Retro Thing]

…The 1959 Opel T-1 gets good fuel economy?

1959 Opel T-1

Though it doesn’t look like much, this 1959 Opel T-1 managed to get 376.59 miles per gallon back in 1973! How did it manage such an impressive number?

  • The weight was reduced as much as possible by stripping out every part of the interior except for the seat.
  • The wind resistance was reduced by chopping the top down to a lower height.
  • Friction was reduced by narrowing the rear axle and using super-hard low-friction tires.
  • Weight and parasitic fuel loss due to slippage was eliminated with the use of a chain drive.
  • The fuel line was insulated and heated to enter the combustion chamber as lean vapor.
  • The car was driven at a steady 30 mph using the stock 4-cylinder engine.

It doesn’t take much, does it?

Prius owners, you have met your match.

[Via: TreeHugger Via: Seattle Pi]