source: Popular Mechanics
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The plan is deceptively simple--double the mileage of the current fuel sippers like the 2009 Toyota Prius, 2010 Honda Insight, and the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI which currently holds the mileage record in the U.S. Oh yeah, and make it hit 60 mph in 7 seconds while spending less than $7000.
The first two pieces of the puzzle are simple as well. Get an old Rabbit (like, say, the pickup shown here) and jam a brand new 2.0 TDI powerplant into its lightweight shell, nearly doubling the horsepower. It sounds like a good plan, but on its own it won't be getting anyone 70 mpg.
We'll keep an eye on it, to see if they need to call in The Stig to make it all work, or if it will further reinforce the slogan of "ambitious but rubbish" that I hear so often.
Read more at TopGear.com and you can even help them name it, if you're quick.
[Source: Top Gear.com]