The 2005 entry from the Federal Polytechnical School of Zurich resembled a turtle and was just about fast but it did achieve an equivalent of 3,836 kilometers per liter or about 9,000 miles per gallon. At a competition a month later the vehicle used high-tech tires from Michelin and achieved 5,385 kilometers per liter or 12,600 miles per gallon. The car did not win the grand prize because it was too slow.
The 2006 winner only hit 2,885 kilometers per liter or 6,786 miles per gallon.
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