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Default Round the world on 12 litres?

An article found on The Times of India, Bangalore edition on 13th Oct. Interesting?
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Round the world on 12 litres Race to set mileage record

Haga-gun (Japan): Who says gasoline engines have reached their limit A race to seek out the best mileage is out to prove that when it comes to frugal driving, a 50cc motorcycle engine can go a long way.
In the annual Eco-Run event, sponsored by Honda Motor in Japan, contenders design vehicles powered by a four-stroke 50cc engine, driving them seven laps around a track for a total of 16.8km using as little fuel as possible.
Apart from a few regulations on the vehicles dimensions they must measure under 3.5m long and have at least three wheels, for instance the rules are simple: cover the designated distance in under 39 minutes and 20 seconds, equivalent to a minimum speed of 25km an hour.
The mileage is calculated based on the amount of petrol consumed. The record so far is a mind-boggling 3,435 km/litre, set in 2001. On that machine, traveling the circumference of the earth would require just 12 litres of fuel.
The black, tadpole-shaped glider designed by Mineyasu Oana and his team of Honda engineers, would have nabbed a consecutive trophy with a result of 3,262 km/l had they not been disqualified for crossing the finish line 2 seconds too late.
Its the ideal type of race perfect for our generation, said Hondas chief executive, Takanobu Ito, who made the trip to the Motegi circuit. REUTERS
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