Saturday, February 23, 2008

Magna Steyr’s MILA Natural Gas Sports Car Concept

(CNG) Compressed Natural Gas looks a whole lot better to me than Gasahol! Gasahol uses food grains, for the most part, corn, to make the fuel with and although it is helping farmers make some big bucks, it is driving up the cost of food at the grocery store. CNG is almost polution free and there are huge quantities of it right here in the good ole US of A, not in Iraq!! So when we heard about the Mila, above, we thought you should know about it too!!!!
Magna Steyr has introduced a CNG-fueled concept single-seater sports car, the MILA (Magna Innovation Lightweight Auto) at the Frankfurt IAA.

The MILA CNG sports car
The MILA uses lightweight construction and a modular design enabling different models to be built (single or two-seater, normal or high-power engine, etc.) without much extra effort, as the components and modules have been developed in advance and optimized in terms of cost and weight.
The concept uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine converted to monovalent CNG operation.
Apart from installing CNG-specific injection valves, Magna made no other modifications to the original gasoline engine. Its maximum power of 110 kW (150 hp) gives the concept vehicle a top speed of more than 200 km/h (124 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

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