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Originally posted by menjo
As for the oil getting more expensive... it has nothing to do with the lack of, rather it is an indirect way for the Saudis to punish us for the on going war, they ARE symathetic to the terrorists, but will never outrightly edmit it. If the US really wanted to, we could say "OK we will pay you $10 a barrel, take it or leave it". If they turn it down, the would be back in about two months begging for for the $10 a barrel. The reason is that we are there TOP oil buyer. If we drop the Saudis, they would become a third world country with in a year.
Microjoule travelled from France to compete, and in fact the whole event was more or less a French rout. Second and third places overall went to TIM 03, on 6913mpg, and Les Vieux de la Jol, on 5087mpg. In the University class, Team Callo's 4795mpg was enough to beat fellow French team PV3e into second place, with Energyteam Belgium adding a different nationality to the leaderboard in third.
Intercop of Twickenham won the Autocar Schools class on 1336mpg, followed by Flying Scotstown of Aberdeen and TSR 3 of Croydon.
On the face of it, 100mpg may not seem an impressive result in this company, but that's what was achieved by a Caterham sports car. The Caterham 2R (for Research and Record-breaker) was basically standard, and therefore a tank compared with the specialised vehicles which managed four-figure economy, though it had lightweight seating, some aerodynamic tweaks and tyres with low rolling resistance. Project leader Dr Steve Cousins said afterwards that "with a benchmark to aim for, we hope to return next year to produce an even more impressive performance".