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					    Goodyear Fuel Max
        Challenge
     Craig Henderson




    Border to Border on
     One Tank of Fuel

         
                       Goodyear Fuel Max Border to Border Run
                  Website Hits
      Site                       Title             Post Date                          URL


                                                               http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/15/autos-prius-volt-
   Forbes.com         Return of The Avion Car      9/16/2010
                                                               technology-avion.html?boxes=Homepagechannels



                     Canada to Mexico on One                      http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/09/avion-
     Wired                                         9/3/2010
                          Tank of Fuel                                         canada-to-mexico/


                      Bellingham Man Breaks
                                                               http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=
     Gather            Own Fuel Economy            9/5/2010
                                                                               281474978496870
                              Record


                     Canada to Mexico on One                   http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/03
Signon San Diego                                   9/3/2010
                          Tank of Fuel                                /canada-to-mexico-on-one-tank-of-fuel/


                       Retro Car Goes From                        http://www.fastcompany.com/1687407/retro-
  Fast Company         Canada to Mexico on a       9/7/2010    hypermiling-car-goes-from-canada-to-mexico-on-a-
                            Single Tank                                            single-tank

                     Craig Henderson's Canada
                                                                 http://www.switched.com/2010/09/04/craig-
                      to Mexico Drive on One
    Switched                                       9/8/2010    hendersons-canada-to-mexico-drive-on-one-tank-
                      Tank of Gas Sets World
                                                                                 of-gas-sets/
                              Record

                       Video of custom Avion
                                                                  http://www.examiner.com/home-technology-in-
                      auto that averaged 119.1
    Examiner                                       9/5/2010    cleveland/video-of-custom-avion-auto-that-gets-119-
                      miles per gallon on 1400
                                                                 1-miles-per-gallon-on-last-week-s-1400-mile-trip
                               mile trip

                     Western Washington Grad
                                                               http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/20
  Seattle Times       Bound for Mexico on a        8/30/2010
                                                                               12758430_car30m.html
                           Tank of Gas


                                                               http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/personaltech
  Seattle Times      How 100 MPG Cars Work         9/13/2010
                                                                        nology/2012887319_works14.html


                       The Avion Goes 100+
                                                               http://www.motherearthnews.com/blogs/blog.aspx?
Mother Earth News      MPG from Canada to          9/3/2010
                                                                           blogid=1500&tag=Avion
                              Mexico


                      Washington State Man
                                                               http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/home-
 New York Times      Drives 1,400 Miles without    9/9/2010
                                                                   built-car-drives-1400-miles-without-refueling/
                             Refueling

                      Lightweight Avion travels
                         1,478 miles on 12.4                   http://green.autoblog.com/2010/09/08/lightweight-
  AOL AutoBlog                                     9/5/2010
                       gallons of diesel; that's               avion-travels-1-478-miles-on-12-4-gallons-of-diesel/
                             119.1 mpg!


                      From Canada To Mexico                       http://jalopnik.com/5628752/from-canada-to-
    Jalopnik                                       9/3/2010
                       On One Tank of Diesel                                mexico-on-one-tank-of-diesel


                     Bellingham man's car goes
                     from Canada to Mexico on                  http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/09/03/13273
  News Tribune                                     9/3/2010
                           one tank of fuel                           01/bellingham-mans-car-goes-from.html


                                                               http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/09/03/13268
                      Bellingham man Breaks
  News Tribune                                     9/3/2010             54/bellingham-man-breaks-fuel-
                            Fuel Record
                                                                          record.html#ixzz0ziW0k3qV

                     Washington Man Hopes to
                     Drive His Homemade Car                           http://www.king5.com/video/featured-
     King5                                         8/30/2010       videos/Bellingham-man-hopes-to-drive-his-
                     to Mexico on One Tank of
                                Fuel                                 homemade-car-to-Mexico-on-one-tank-
                                                                                 101810113.html
                                                               http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/08/30/Trip-
                     Trip goal: Border to border
      UPI                                          8/30/2010         goal-Border-to-border-on-14-gallons/UPI-
                            on 14 gallons
                                                                               60551283187723/


                        He Drove 1400 Miles                    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/he-drove-1-400-
     NDTV                                          9/9/2010
                         without Refueling                               miles-without-refuelling-50901


                                                               http://www.peigasprices.com/news/Canada_to_Me
                     Canada to Mexico on one
   Gas Buddy                                       9/5/2010    xico_on_one_tank_of_fuel/30209_419632/index.a
                           tank of fuel
                                                                                      spx


  Mother Nature      Canada to Mexico on One                   http://www.mnn.com/transportation/cars/stories/can
                                                   9/12/2010
    Network               Tank of Gas                                   ada-to-mexico-on-one-tank-of-gas
                      Washington Man Shoots                      http://blogs.redding.com/ddarling/archives/2010/08/
     Redding                                         8/31/2010
                       for 100 or More MPG                                       washington-man.html


                       Craig Henderson Drives
                                                                 http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2010/09/
  Seattle Weekly     from Canada to Mexico on        9/3/2010
                                                                         craig_henderson_drives_from_ca.php
                          One Tank of Gas


                                                                 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2010/09/one-
                       One Tank of Gas from
   Auto Guide                                        9/11/2020   tank-of-gas-from-canada-to-mexico-%E2%80%93-
                        Canada to Mexico
                                                                         the-avion-proves-it-can-be-done.html


                       Avion Green Car Drives                    http://www.automedia.com/blog/post/Avion-Green-
   Automedia         from Canada to Mexico on        9/2/2010       Car-Drives-From-Canada-To-Mexico-On-One-
                             One Tank                                               Tank.aspx


                      Man Drives from Canada
                                                                 http://www.geekosystem.com/canada-mexico-drive-
  Geekosystem        to Mexico on One Tank of        9/2/2010
                                                                                  one-tank-gas/
                                Gas


                      The Avion: Driving From                    http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/the_avi
     Core 77          Canada to Mexico on 14         8/30/2010           on_driving_from_canada_to_mexico--
                          Gallons of Gas                                on_just_14_gallons_of_gas_17262.asp


                                                                 http://dailyme.com/gallery/geography/henderson.ht
    Daily Me           Goodyear Henderson            9/8/2010
                                                                                          ml


                     Bellingham man's car goes
                                                                 http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2010/09/03/1601
Bellingham Herald    from Canada to Mexico on        9/4/2010
                                                                      820_bellingham-mans-car-goes-from.html
                           one tank of fuel

                          Posted in: Cars
                     From Canada to Mexico on                     http://alttransport.com/2010/09/from-canada-to-
   Alttransport                                      9/3/2010
                         One Tank of Gas                                       mexico-on-one-tank-of-gas/


                                                                 http://www.onenewspage.com/news/Automotive/20
                     Canada to Mexico on One
 One News Page                                       9/2/2010       100902/14653102/Canada-to-Mexico-on-One-
                          Tank of Fuel
                                                                                 Tank-of-Fuel.htm


                     From Canada to Mexico on                     http://www.autointhenews.com/from-canada-to-
 Auto in the News                                    9/3/2010
                        a Single Tank of Fuel                             mexico-on-a-single-tank-of-fuel/


                     Craig Henderson’s Canada
                                                                   http://technewsdaily.co.za/2010/09/05/craig-
                      to Mexico Drive on One
 Tech News Daily                                     9/5/2010    hendersons-canada-to-mexico-drive-on-one-tank-
                      Tank of Gas Sets World
                                                                              of-gas-sets-world-record/
                              Record

                      To Mexico on a Tank of
                       Gas Record? Tacoma                        http://www.theolympian.com/2010/08/30/1352178/t
  The Olympian                                       8/30/2010
                         Native Heads Out                                  o-mexico-on-a-tank-of-gas.html



                     Canada to Mexico on One                       http://www.autoevolution.com/news/canada-to-
  Auto Evolution                                     9/2/2010
                          Tank of Fuel                                 mexico-on-one-tank-of-fuel-24063.html


                       Retro Car Goes From                       http://money.blogdig.net/archives/articles/Septemb
   Money Talks         Canada to Mexico on a         9/7/2010    er2010/07/Retro_Car_Goes_From_Canada_to_M
                            Single Tank                                    exico_On_a_Single_Tank.html


                     Goodyear: 1,400 Miles on                    http://www.zercustoms.com/news/Goodyear:-1,400-
   ZerCustoms                                        9/7/2010
                        One Tank of Gas                                    Miles-On-1-Tank-Of-Gas.html


                                                                    http://www.auto123.com/en/news/green-
                      Avion Sets New Mileage
    Auto123                                          9/3/2010     wheels/avion-sets-new-mileage-record-at-1191-
                       Record at 119.1 MPG
                                                                      mpg-or-1975-l100-km?artid=122502


                      For Real Fuel Economy,                     http://www.bundle.com/everybodysmoney/AroundF
     Bundle          Forget the Prius and go for     9/12/2010      or-real-fuel-economy-forget-Prius-1984-Avion-
                          the 1984 Avion                              12683#/spending/bubbles/U.S.//0/0/0/101

                                                                               http://motorage.search-
                     Marathon Gas-Saving Car                     autoparts.com/motorage/Customer+Service/Marath
Search Auto Parts        Trip Boosted by             9/8/2010      on-gas-saving-car-trip-boosted-by-Goodyears-
                     Goodyear's Fuel Max Tires                   /ArticleStandard/Article/detail/686078?contextCate
                                                                                    goryId=41884
                     The Avion: on a Journey to
                                                                 http://www.energyboom.com/transportation/avion-
  Energy Boom        Prove it is Still the World's   8/30/2010
                                                                    journey-prove-it-still-worlds-most-efficient-car
                         Most Efficient Car


                                                                 http://www.overoll.com/Content/From-Canada-To-
                     From Canada to Mexico on
     OverOll                                         9/9/2010             Mexico-On-One-Tank-of-Diesel-
                         One Tank of Gas
                                                                              /2010/9/3/327090.news


                      Man Drives from Canada
                                                                 http://www.damego.com/man-drives-from-canada-
    Damego           to Mexico on a Single Tank      9/4/2010
                                                                          to-mexico-on-a-single-tank-of-gas
                               of Gas


                                                                 http://blog.nwautos.com/2010/09/pick_fuel_econo
                      WWU Grad Makes it to
    NW Autos                                         9/12/2010   my_sticker_mexico_on_one_tank_driving_with_do
                       Mexico on One Tank
                                                                                gs_is_distracting.html


                     Man Drives Car That Gets
    KRCRTV                                           8/31/2010    http://www.krcrtv.com/news/24833611/detail.html
                      100+ Miles per Gallon


                     Bellingham Man Driving to
      KGMI           Mexico on Single Tank of        9/3/2010      http://www.kgmi.com/Morning-News/2990291
                               Gas


                                                                 http://www.futurecars.com/blog/general-car-blogs/x-
   Future Cars          Avion Car Company            9/8/2010
                                                                          prize-profile-avion-car-company


                                                                 http://www.moderntiredealer.com/News/Story/2010
                     Goodyear Fuel Max Goes
Modern Tire Dealer                                   9/2/2010           /09/Goodyear-Fuel-Max-goes-border-to-
                        Border to Border
                                                                                     border.aspx
                    Craig Henderson’s Canada
                                                               http://techbump.info/2010/09/04/craig-hendersons-
                     to Mexico Drive on One
   TechBump                                        9/4/2010     canada-to-mexico-drive-on-one-tank-of-gas-sets-
                     Tank of Gas Sets World
                                                                                world-record.html
                             Record

                                                                  http://www.autosphere.ca/en/tires-industry-
                    Goodyear Fuel Max Goes
   Autosphere                                      9/3/2010    news.html_goodyear-fuel-max-goes-from-canada-
                    From Canada to Mexico
                                                                                to-mexic.html


                    From Canada to Mexico on                   http://www.budez.com/topics/2010/09/from-canada-
     Budez                                         9/3/2010
                      12.4 Gallons of Diesel                           to-mexico-on-12-4-gallons-of-diesel/



                     Save This Car More than                   http://www.totoprayogo.web.id/2010/09/save-this-
   ToTo Site                                       9/7/2010
                              Motor                                          car-more-than-motor/



                      Taking Avion 2200 km                     http://www.carmild.com/2010/09/taking-avion-2200-
    Car Mild                                       9/5/2010
                       Only With One Tank                                  km-only-with-one-tank.html



                     Avion sets new mileage                    http://labonneroute.com/index,view.spy?ARTID=12
La Bonne Route                                     9/2,2010
                      record at 119.1 MPG                                             2502


                    Avion Custom Car Travels
                    1400 Miles on 12 Gallons;                     Avion Custom Car Travels 1400 Miles on 12
 Free Republic                                     9/7/2010
                    Goodyear Fuel Max Tires                       Gallons; Goodyear Fuel Max Tires Credited
                            Credited

                    Lightweight Avion Travels                  http://autogreenmag.com/2010/09/09/lightweight-
   Auto Green          1,478 Miles on 12.4         9/9/2010    avion-travels-1478-miles-on-124-gallons-of-diesel-
                        Gallons of Diesel                                       thats-1191-mpg/


                    Lightweight Avion Travels                   http://autoden.org/lightweight-avion-travels-1478-
    Auto Den           1,478 Miles on 12.4         9/8/2010     miles-on-12-4-gallons-of-diesel-thats-119-1-mpg-
                        Gallons of Diesel                                        08136423.html


                      Goodyear Tires Help
     Topof          Record-Setting Border-to-      9/6/2010      http://koleso.topof.ru/en/news.php?pID=7270
                          Border Run


                    From Canada to Mexico on                    http://www.carzbuzz.com/story/from-canada-to-
    Car Buzz                                       9/3/2010
                      12.4 Gallons of Diesel                            mexico-on-124-gallons-of-diesel


                    Craig Henderson's Canada                   http://www.joomcool.com/forums/showthread.php?
   Joom Cool         to Mexico Drive on One        9/9/2010    28170-Craig-Henderson-s-Canada-to-Mexico-Drive-
                           Tank of Gas                               on-One-Tank-of-Gas-Sets-World-Record


                     Ultra-Efficient Avion to Go               http://www.choicevacuums.com/living-green-blog-
Choice Vacuums      from Canada to Mexico on       8/30/2010    posts/ultra-efficient-avion-to-go-from-canada-to-
                             14 Gallons                                       mexico-on-14-gallons/


                     A 1984 Designed Diesel
                                                               http://richc.myarchive.us/2010/09/a-1984-designed-
My Desultory Blog   Avion Returns 119.1 MPG        9/5/2010
                                                                  diesel-avion-returns-119-1-mpg-in-1478-miles/
                          in 1478 Miles
September 16, 2010                           Visitors per Month: 8,539,588
                          Return Of The Avion Car




The Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Voltand the Toyota Prius dominate today's fuel-efficient
news stories, but other vehicles are quietly making their mark on the industry. One such
vehicle is the Avion. Although the Avion doesn't have the name recognition that the Prius
does, the vehicle has been making fuel efficiency news for more than two decades.

Last month, Craig Henderson, one of the designers of the Avion, began a Canada-to-
Mexico drive. During this trip, Henderson avoided all of the tourist traps and instead
stopped only to use the restroom, eat and sleep. This was a man on a mission and not a
man out for a scenic drive. The mission was to drive from Canada to Mexico on one tank
of gas while achieving a fuel efficiency of over 100 mpg, for the second time. That's
right, the second time.

In 1984 Henderson and his partner Bill Green designed the first Avion. In 1986 the
vehicle made it from the Mexican border to the Canadian border averaging 103.7 mpg for
the trip. This set a Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency. The team had plans to
bring the Avion to market, but unfortunately fuel efficiency wasn't at the forefront of
everyone's mind at the time and the vehicle never made it into production.

Fast forward 24 years and Henderson took a similar journey, this time from Canada to
Mexico in a new and improved Avion. The new vehicle weighs in at 1,500 pounds thanks
to a high-tech design, which features carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar and aluminum. As
an added bonus, the vehicle is designed to maximize the use of recycled automotive parts.
The trip with the new and improved Avion only used 12.4 gallons of gasoline, which
equals an average fuel economy of 119.1 mpg.

Now Henderson feels the market is ready for the Avion. Henderson has plans to bring the
Avion to market in a limited production run. Specific details aren't yet available,
but Avion's 100MPGPlus.com website will be updated as more information becomes
available.
September 5, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 3,292,633


       Bellingham Man Breaks Own Fuel Economy Record


Craig Henderson told the world late last week that he broke his own world record for fuel
economy. The Bellingham man did it driving an updated version of the Avion sports car
he designed and drove for his first record-making attempt.

Henderson's trek ran from Blaine, WA, a town on the Canadian border, to the Mexican
border. The Bellingham Record notes that he started on Sunday. During the trip,
Henderson reported an average of 119.1 mpg. In 1986, he set the record of 103.7 mpg.

He took three days to travel 1,478 miles. The Avion sports car used 12.4 gallons of gas.
The Bellingham man had estimated that he'd use 14 of the 19 gallons he started with.

Henderson's fuel economy record-breaking Avion sports car was built as a custom project
by himself and a friend 25 years ago. They used recycled car parts and installed a diesel
engine. The body is designed to reduce drag, a large factor in fuel economy.

When he first set the economy record in 1986, not many people were interested in an
economical car. He brought the Avion back this week to show that it can be done.

And it's hard not to agree with Henderson when he says, "It's kind of funny... these are
two guys who did this. Why can't Detroit do this?" For those of us feeling the bite at the
pump, that question is more timely than ever.

As for the Avion, its website reports that they are gearing up to sell a limited production
run of the car. No word on its cost yet, but odds are the fuel economy record-breaking car
will not be a cost economy record setter.
  September 3, 2010                                           VPM: 2,928,133

                Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Fuel




A Washington State man who built his own fuel-efficient car 25 years ago repeated his
feat of driving border-to-border on a single tank of diesel this week.

"I smashed my old record," Craig Henderson said shortly after arriving at an Otay Mesa
parking lot just across the Mexican border Wednesday.

 He said the aerodynamic car, which he calls Avion, averaged 119 mpg on its journey
from Canada to San Diego. His old record was 103.

The key was an aerodynamic, lightweight design and tires with low rolling resistance
from Goodyear, which sponsored the trip.

The car weighs 1,500 pounds and has an 18-gallon fuel tank. To achieve the high
mileage, Henderson drove 55 to 60 mph.

Henderson, of Bellingham, Wash., initially built the car hoping he could get a
manufacturer to produce a commercial version.
   September 3, 2010                    Visitors per Month: 2,680,286

          From Canada To Mexico On One Tank of Diesel




 Craig Henderson drove from Blaine, Washington to the Mexican border — a distance of
1,478 miles — without stopping to refuel. He burned 12.4 gallons for a record-breaking
119.1 mpg in a car he originally designed in 1984.
The Avion is a car Craig Henderson originally built with partner Bill Green way back in
1984 as a prototype for a high-mileage vehicle he hoped to sell. Commercial plans never
came to fruition, but Henderson never abandoned the Avion. Over the years he's kept
tinkering with it, improving its powertrain and aerodynamics along the way.
September 7, 2010                          Visitors per Month: 2,860,147
  Retro Car Goes From Canada to Mexico on a Single Tank




  By Ariel Schwartz

  Energy efficiency has only recently become a popular concern among vehicle owners,
  but some people have been thinking about it for a long, long time. Craig Henderson
  and Bill Green designed the Avion, a fuel-efficient sports car, in 1984. Two years
  later, the vehicle set the Guinness World Record for fuel economy, getting an average
  of 103.7 mpg all the way from the Mexico border to the British Columbia, Canada
  border. Now Henderson has revived the Avion for another jaunt from Canada to
  Mexico.

  The latest iteration of the vehicle is just 1500 pounds and features an aluminum
  monocoque frame, a carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass body, and Goodyear "Fuel
  Max" tires. After receiving a sponsorship deal from Goodyear, Henderson decided to
  go from border to border once again--this time, on a single tank of gas.

  Jalopnik reports that Henderson began his latest journey on August 29th. He stopped
  only to go to the bathroom, grab food, and catch a night's rest. The result: Henderson
  burned only 12.4 gallons on his journey to the Mexican border for a fuel economy of
  119.1 mpg, breaking his own Guinness World Record from 1986. (He drove at a
  pretty constant 55 mph.)

  Henderson is gearing up for limited commercial production of the Avion. If our
  fascination with fuel economy is any indication, he won't have any trouble selling it.
August 30, 2010                             Visitors per Month: 2,053,990
   Western Washington Grad Bound for Mexico on a Tank of
                           Gas




Craig Henderson is back on the road, hoping to drive from the Canadian border to the
Mexican border on about 14 gallons of fuel.

He set out Sunday, believing he can better his performance from 1986, when on a similar
trip, Henderson's specially engineered car grabbed the Guinness world record for
mileage, getting an average of 103.7 miles per gallon.

During this trip — expected to take three to four days down Interstate 5 — he'll try to
keep the speedometer at 60 mph, and thinks he'll arrive in Mexico with fuel to spare.

Henderson, 53, built the car soon after graduating from Western Washington University,
with fellow alum Bill Green. Around an engine from a Volkswagen diesel, they
fashioned a car with a frame of lightweight aluminum. It weighs less than 1,500 pounds,
sits just 43 inches high, and requires only 3 to 6 horsepower to maintain highway speed.
There are no air bags, but it does have a new stereo and leather seats.

"It's a sports car, my own creation," Henderson said.
The car can carry two people and has trunk space for two sets of golf clubs, said
Henderson, who said he has no plans to mass produce the car because he doesn't have the
money. Still, he hopes car manufacturers will take note.

Henderson figures he's spent about $30,000 on the car and recently put $12,000 more into
it with a new motor.

After his record-breaking drive, the car went into storage in a barn, where mice invaded
and it fell into disrepair. But recently Henderson, the president of a Bellingham boat-
design company, found himself with some extra time and an offer from Goodyear to pay
his expenses if he tried the company's low gas mileage tires.

"This is me trying to break my own record," he said.

The drive is sponsored by Goodyear, which sent along a public-relations person and paid
for the trip, including $42 for fuel.
The car is built with two things in mind: weight and aerodynamics. To achieve a
featherweight 1500-lb target, it uses an aluminum monocoque frame with steel front/rear
crash and suspension subframes. To the frame a slippery wind tunnel-shaped body made
of carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass is riveted and bonded in place, yielding a very stiff
structure. An 800-cc diesel engine is transversely mounted behind the driver and the rear
wheels are powered through a five-speed gearbox.




With such light weight and low-resistance aerodynamics, the car only requires 3-4
horsepower to keep a 55 mph pace, perfect for the tiny diesel to chug along just sipping
fuel. Henderson recently got sponsorship from Goodyear and tossed on a set of their low
rolling resistance "Fuel Max" tires and has been seeing 115 mpg averages. As a
promotional stunt, he decided to set off from the US/Canadian border at Blaine, way to
the Mexican border without filling up. Border-to-border on one tank.
Henderson started off on August 29th and essentially drove the entire length of Interstate
5, stopping only for food, bathroom breaks and to sleep overnight. When he arrived at the
Mexican border near Chula Vista, he'd burned an officially measured 12.4 gallons for an
amazing 119.1 mpg fuel economy. The run actually broke the 103 mpg Guinness world
record the car had set on the same border to border run in 1986.




The development on the Avion isn't over either. He's got plans to restart his dream of
building the car in limited quantities. It speaks volumes that this car was built 26 years
ago and with a little modification can manage such impressive fuel economy still to this
day. Amazing what some added lightness and aerodynamics can accomplish.
September 3, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 2,400,078
                 Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Fuel




Craig Henderson drove 1,478 miles from Blaine, Washington, to Mexico without
stopping to refuel, burning just 12.4 gallons of diesel for a stunning 119.1 mpg.

And he did it in a car he originally designed in 1984.

Henderson rolled into Chula Vista, California, at the wheel of the Avion four days after
he left home. The Avion is a car he built with Bill Green 26 years ago as a prototype
high-mileage vehicle he hoped to sell. The business floundered, but Henderson never
abandoned the Avion. Over the years he’s kept tinkering with it, improving its power
train and aerodynamics.

The car was built with two things in mind: light weight and aerodynamics. To hit the
featherweight 1,500-pound target, the car uses an aluminum monocoque frame with steel
crash and suspension subframes at the front and rear.

The body of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass is riveted and bonded to the body,
yielding a very stiff vehicle. An 800cc diesel engine is transversely mounted behind the
driver and powers the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox.

Because it’s so light and aerodynamic, the car needs just three to four horsepower to
maintain 55 mph. That’s perfect for the tiny diesel to chug along while only sipping fuel.
Henderson recently landed a sponsorship from Goodyear, so he’s installed a set of the
company’s low-rolling resistance Fuel Max tires and has been averaging about 115 mpg.
As a promotional stunt, Henderson decided to make a run for the border, the Mexican
border. He planned to make the trip on one tank.

He hit the road on Aug. 29 and stuck largely to Interstate 5, stopping only for food,
bathroom breaks and to sleep. When he rolled up to the border near Chula Vista on
Wednesday he’d burned 12.4 gallons for an amazing 119.1 mpg. That topped the 103
mpg the car achieved, and Guinness classified as a world record — during a similar
border-to-border run in 1986.

The trip is done, but development of the Avion continues. Henderson plans to revisit his
dream of producing the car in limited quantities.
   September 13, 2010                     Visitors per Month: 2,053,990

                           How 100 MPG Cars Work
Recently a car drove from the Canadian border in Washington all the way down to the
Mexican border in California on I-5. That's nearly 1,500 miles. What was amazing about
the trip was the fact that the car burned only 12.4 gallons of fuel.

The car got an average of 119 miles per gallon.

This was not a weird experimental car made out of tissue paper, with the driver lying in a
prone position looking out through a periscope. This was a real, two-passenger car that
looks pretty normal.

The car, called the Avion, proved once and for all that it is possible to create 100 MPG
cars that can drive on real roads under real conditions. What's even more amazing is the
fact that the car was not created by a university research team or NASA scientists. The
car was originally created in the 1980s by Craig Henderson and Bill Green and has been
tweaked ever since.

It brings up a good question — How can our cars get more miles per gallon of fuel? Let's
look at the different techniques that the Avion uses.

The most important feature of the Avion is its aerodynamics. Air flow has a huge effect
on a car's fuel efficiency, especially at highway speeds. A typical car might need 10 to 20
horsepower to maintain a highway speed. The Avion needs far less horsepower — down
in the 3 to 4 horsepower range — to achieve the same speeds.

The reason the Avion is so slippery is that it takes into account the major sources of drag
in conventional cars and eliminates them. A big part of it is the shape of the rear of the
car. Think about a raindrop.

It has a bulbous nose and a long, sloping tail. The longer tail is important, so the Avion's
rear end looks a lot like a raindrop's.

The Avion is also a low car. Many of today's cars (especially SUVs and minivans) are
taller than a person. That means the car has to move a lot of air out of the way as it goes
down the road. The Avion is built like a low sports car, so there is less air to move.

In a conventional car there are lots of extra sources of drag. The underside of a
conventional car is all bumpy, with many extraneous pieces catching the wind. It is
possible to make the underside smooth like a race car and eliminate most of this air
resistance. There is a big, vertical grill up front in most cars acting like a wall to the wind.
Spoked wheels chop at the air. The Avion addresses all of these problems. It is low, has
no grill and has smooth hub caps and a smooth underside.

Another kind of drag comes from the rolling resistance of the tires.

Big, fat tires with low air pressure create a lot of resistance. The Avion used low-
resistance tires on its trip. Many hybrids are using these tires as well to improve their
performance.

Another thing helping the Avion is its weight. It is made of aluminum and other
lightweight materials so that it weighs half as much as a normal car. The weight helps
whenever accelerating or going up a hill.

Think about the amount of energy needed to get a Ping-Pong ball going 5 mph. Now
compare that to the energy needed to get a bowling ball going the same speed. The Ping-
Pong ball requires the slightest touch. The bowling ball requires a big push. In a car, extra
weight means extra fuel being burned every time you climb a hill.

And then there's the engine. The Avion uses a tiny diesel engine that is smaller than the
engine found on many motorcycles. It doesn't need a giant engine because the car is so
light and so slippery. The fact that it is a diesel also helps. Diesel fuel contains more
energy than gasoline per gallon, so that helps right from the start. And a diesel engine
uses a higher compression ratio, making it more efficient.

By putting all of these things together — great aerodynamics, great tires, low weight and
the most efficient engine possible — it is possible to create a car with great mileage. With
luck, these techniques will trickle into mainstream cars now that they have been proven
to work.
   September 4, 2010                     Visitors per Month: 1,665,348

   Craig Henderson's Canada to Mexico Drive on One
            Tank of Gas Sets World Record




A guy named Craig Henderson recently drove from Canada to Mexico in a car that got a
Guinness World record-breaking 119.1 miles-per-gallon. More impressive, though, is the
fact that he never once had to stop to refuel. That's right, Henderson made it all the way
from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico on just one tank of gas, and consumed
just 12.4 gallons of diesel along the 1,384-mile trip. Oh yeah, and the car was
constructed in 1984.

As Jalopnik explains, Henderson originally designed the car with his partner, Bill Green,
as a prototype he hoped to sell. Their commercial aspirations never panned out, but
Henderson continued to improve the Avion, fine-tuning its specs with careful attention to
weight and aerodynamics. Thanks to its aluminum monocoque frame, the Avion weighs
in at just 1500 pounds, and its sleek, aerodynamic body is crafted from carbon, kevlar and
fiberglass. As a result, the Avion needs only 3-4 horsepower to maintain a 55 mile-per-
hour speed, while a set of Goodyear-sponsored, low rolling resistance 'Fuel Max' tires
helps extend its mileage even further.

Even after having completed this border-to-border feat, Henderson isn't done tinkering
with his creation. The roadster is still pursuing his dream of producing the Avion on a
larger scale. And, judging from this recent accomplishment, he probably won't have a
hard time finding interested buyers.
  September 6, 2010                                              VPM: 1,426,950

    Video of custom Avion auto that averaged 119.1 miles per
                    gallon on 1400 mile trip




Craig Henderson and Bill Green designed and built the Avion, a custom car that breaks
fuel efficiency records, back in 1984; Henderson drove the Avion over 1400 miles on
12.4 gallons during a trip that ended a couple days ago.

Attached below is a video from The Dori Monson Show, KIRO RADIO, that gives an
idea of what the Avion looks like -- it's only 42 inches high, it's streamlined to the
extreme, it's built more like an airplane than a car, and the driver sits about 6 inches off
the ground.

While the Avion is not available for home use, it gives people an picture of what is
possible with streamlined engineering and lightweight materials.

Henderson used Fuel Max tires from local tire giant Goodyear which undoubtedly helped
achieve the spectacular mileage -- see this recent article: Henderson's Avion gets 119.1
MPG.

Goodyear reports that the Fuel Max brand tires that Henderson used are available for
80% of the cars on the road today and they can increase fuel efficiency by 4%, reducing
fuel requirements by 2,600 miles per set of tires. They're available at Goodyear tire
stores throughout the Cleveland area.
   September 3, 2010                                           VPM: 379,896

Craig Henderson Drives from Canada to Mexico on One Tank
                          of Gas




Craig Henderson started his odyssey near the Canadian border in Blaine, Washington, in
a high-mileage prototype he built in 1984 called the Avion. He ended it in Mexico, after
traveling nearly 1,500 miles along I-5. And in between he didn't have to fill up once.

Henderson once had plans to mass-market the Avion. His dreams of commercial success
never went anywhere. But he kept tinkering until he had a world-record holder on his
hands.

With an aluminum frame and carbon fiber body, the Avion is about as light and
aerodynamic as you can get for a roadster, two factors that helped Henderson get an
incredible 119 miles per gallon on his trip.

Henderson says he has plans to build a couple Avions in a limited production run. In the
meantime he'll focus on his other hobby: driving past gas stations whilst giggling
uncontrollably.
August 30, 2010                                Visitors per Month: 1,705,844

     Washington Man Hopes to Drive His Homemade Car to
                Mexico on One Tank of Fuel
Craig Henderson glides through the streets of his hometown, behind the wheel of his
greatest creation.

"Twenty-five years ago I had the dreams that I would be, well, the John DeLorean of
Bellingham," he said.

It's hard to believe it's been that long since Craig built the Avion.

He's put his blood, sweat and tears have into this aerodynamic prototype that's sleek,
stylish and a bit futuristic.

But Craig and his wife say the real magic of the Avion can be felt at the gas pump.

Craig says he can drive his car from Canada to Mexico on 14 gallons of fuel.

"It's possible to get 100 miles per gallon without a flex or a Mr. Fusion machine," he said.

With the backing of Goodyear tires, Craig will hit the road in Blaine and travel all the
way to Mexico.

He wants to break his own 1986 record at 103 miles to the gallon, and he also wants
people to think about their own driving habits.

"We don't need to reinvent the whole thing we just have to be better at what we're doing.
A little streamlining a little lightweight, you know Humvees don't get good gas mileage
cause it's like a brick," he said.

And who knows? Maybe Craig's dreams of being the "DeLorean of Bellingham" -- will
come true after all.

"We'll stir it up and see what happens, maybe Daddy Warbucks will see this and come up
and want to finance it," he said.
September 3, 2010                           Visitors per Month: 1,497,578
 Bellingham man's car goes from Canada to Mexico on
                   one tank of fuel




Bellingham resident Craig Henderson has driven the car he built in the 1980s from
Canada to Mexico on one tank of diesel, getting an average of 119.1 miles per gallon, he
said, and shattering the old record the car set back in 1986.

Henderson started his border-to-border drive Sunday, Aug. 29, from Blaine. He finished
Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Known as the Avion, his sleek, red car covered 1,478 miles on 12.41 gallons of fuel, he
said.

"Not bad, huh?" Henderson said during a phone interview from Los Angeles.

The average speed on the journey was 55 mph.

The car weighs 1,500 pounds. By comparison, a 2010 Toyota Prius weighs 3,042 pounds,
according to the company.

Before embarking on his most recent border-to-border trip, Henderson said he swapped
out the car's engine and replaced the tires with ones donated by Goodyear that were
expected to add 4 percent to the car's fuel economy.

Henderson said he had the results certified by Alex Marr, a past president of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Henderson's lightweight car had 14 gallons of diesel when he departed Sunday.
The owner of Bullfrog Boats and a Western Washington University alumnus, Henderson
created the Avion with friend Bill Green in 1984 while both studied at the school's
Vehicle Research Institute.

Two years later, the duo drove the car from the U.S./Mexico border to Vancouver, B.C. -
averaging 103.7 miles per gallon and fueling their drive into the Guinness Book of World
Records.

In 2008, the car bested that fuel-efficiency record by getting an average of 113.1 miles
per gallon on a drive from Bellingham to the Oregon border.

The most recent drive was for fun and also a personal quest to break previous records
held by the car, according to Henderson.

Not that he wouldn't mind if something more happened.

"If we can influence the car manufacturers to make more fuel-efficient cars, I will have
done my part for the planet," he said.

Henderson said he and Green, who teaches industrial design at Virginia Tech, also
wanted to show that you didn't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to fuel-efficient
vehicles.

"We're just using current technology," he said.
September 3, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 1,497,578
               Bellingham man Breaks Fuel Record




Craig Henderson said Thursday he broke his world record for fuel economy, proving
again that his aerodynamic Avion sports car can drive from border to border on a single
tank of gas.

The Tacoma native started the venture Sunday, determined to show the car he built 25
years ago gets the most miles per gallon of any vehicle .

Over the 1,478-mile drive from Blaine to the Mexican border, Henderson said, he
averaged 119.1 mpg. His 1986 world record was 103.7 mpg.

“I had butterflies for a while in my stomach thinking, ‘Are we going to make it? Is it
going to break down?’ ” Henderson said Thursday. “All those things were going through
my head.”

He steered the Avion to the Mexican border about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Henderson said he
enjoyed the journey but will be shipping his car home to Bellingham rather than putting
more miles on it.

He said that during the three-day trip the car used 12.4 gallons of gas. He had anticipated
using about 14, though he brought 19 gallons with him.

Henderson and a friend designed and built the Avion 25 years ago, using recycled car
parts and installing a small diesel engine.

“It’s kind of funny … these are two guys who did this,” Henderson said. “Why can’t
Detroit do this?”
August 30, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 1,303,725

               Trip goal: Border to Border on 14 Gallons


An inventor says he will drive an ultra light car he built down the length of the U.S. West
Coast on 14 gallons of gas.

Craig Henderson of Bellingham, Wash., told The (Tacoma) News Tribune he expects to
spend $42 on fuel in his 1,400-mile drive from Blaine, Wash., on the Canadian border to
Tijuana, Mexico.

He built the aerodynamic sports car, which weighs less than 1,500 pounds, in 1984 and
named it the Avion. In 1986, he set a world record for fuel economy at 103.7 miles per
gallon driving from Mexico to Canada.

Henderson intends to take Interstate 5 all the way south, driving no faster than 60 mph.
Goodyear is sponsoring the trip to promote its Assurance Fuel Max tires, which are on
the car.

He expects to use 14 gallons of fuel, which he is carrying with him. The Avion should hit
the Mexican border Wednesday. Henderson is unsure what this trip could mean for his
record, but that's not the point.

"It's a personal thing," Henderson said. "I want bragging rights."
September 9, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 924,486

                He Drove 1,400 Miles without Refueling




Craig Henderson of Bellingham, Washington, which is about 90 miles north of Seattle,
planned to drive his home-built car from the Canadian border to the Mexican border
without stopping for fuel.

Before leaving on August 29, he'd carefully calculated that his streamlined car could
travel the nearly 1,400 miles on 14 gallons of diesel.

Of course, things didn't go exactly as planned. When Mr. Henderson arrived at the border
at Tijuana three days later, the bright-red coupe had completed the voyage, albeit after
using only 12.4 gallons of fuel, at an average of 119.1 miles per gallon.

"I could have driven halfway back," Mr. Henderson said in a telephone interview after
completing the drive.

I'm very, very happy," he said, sounding breathless but relieved. "We proved it's not a
fluke. We didn't just break our old record, we smashed it."

The Avion earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1986 during a
similar drive from Canada to Mexico at an average 103.7 miles per gallon.

Designed and built by Mr. Henderson and his friend and fellow engineer Bill Green, the
car is called the Avion - French for airplane.
The car has a fiberglass exterior and gullwing-style doors that swing up and out from the
body.
There is room for only two adults. A 3-cylinder diesel engine from a Smart For-two is
mounted behind the passenger compartment. Power is delivered to the rear wheels using
a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission.

During this most recent trip - driven in a nearly straight line south along Interstate 5 - the
Avion had no trouble beating its old record. The total driving time took 29 hours and 28
minutes.

Stops were made for food and rest, but never fuel.

"People gave lots of thumbs-up and cell phones were out snapping pictures," Mr.
Henderson said. The only hiccup came almost within site of the finish, during a grueling
traffic jam in San Diego. "I was thinking, this won't work if I crash," Mr. Henderson said.

Two years ago he drove the car, a slightly updated version (he enlarged the gas tank from
10 gallons to 17) of the original Avion, at an average of 113.1 miles per gallon from the
Canadian border to the Oregon line. But with corporate sponsorship from Goodyear that
got him new tires, Mr. Henderson's ambitions turned back to a run along the length of the
West Coast.

"It's great to get a sponsor to help do this," he said.

Mr. Henderson says work has already begun on a second Avion.
September 5, 2010                             Visitors per Month: 821,244

                  Canada to Mexico on one tank of fuel

San Diego Union Tribune -- A Washington State man who built his own fuel-efficient car
25 years ago repeated his feat of driving border-to-border on a single tank of diesel this
week.

"I smashed my old record," Craig Henderson said shortly after arriving at an Otay Mesa
parking lot just across the Mexican border Wednesday.

He said the aerodynamic car, which he calls Avion, averaged 119 mpg on its journey
from Canada to San Diego. His old record was 103.

The key was an aerodynamic, lightweight design and tires with low rolling resistance
from Goodyear, which sponsored the trip.

The car weighs 1,500 pounds and has an 18-gallon fuel tank. To achieve the high
mileage, Henderson drove 55 to 60 mph.
September 12, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 745,705

                 Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Gas




The Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, and the Toyota Prius dominate today’s fuel-efficient
news stories, but other vehicles are quietly making their mark on the industry. One such
vehicle is the Avion. Although the Avion doesn’t have the name recognition that the
Prius does, the vehicle has been making fuel efficiency news for more than two decades.
What started in the 1980s is continuing today.

  On Aug. 29, 2010, Craig Henderson, one of the designers of the Avion, began a Canada-
to-Mexico drive. During this trip, Henderson avoided all of the tourist traps and instead
stopped only to use the restroom, eat and sleep. This was a man on a mission and not a
man out for a scenic drive. The mission was to drive from Canada to Mexico on one tank
of gas while achieving a fuel efficiency of over 100 mpg, for the second time. That’s
right, the second time.

In 1984, Henderson and his partner Bill Green designed the first Avion. In 1986, the
vehicle made it from the Mexican border to the Canadian border averaging 103.7 mpg for
the trip. This set a Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency. The team had plans to
bring the Avion to market, but unfortunately fuel efficiency wasn’t at the forefront of
everyone’s mind at the time and the vehicle never made it into production status.

Fast forward 24 years and Henderson took a similar journey, this time from Canada to
Mexico in a new and improved Avion. The new vehicle weighs in at 1,500 pounds thanks
to a high-tech design, which features carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar and aluminum. As
an added bonus, the vehicle is designed to maximize the use of recycled automotive parts.
The trip with the new and improved Avion only used 12.4 gallons of gasoline, which
equals an average fuel economy of 119.1 mpg.
Now Henderson feels the market is ready for the Avion. Henderson has plans to bring the
Avion to market in a limited production run. Specific details aren’t yet available, but
Avion’s 100MPGPlus.com website will be updated as more information becomes
available.
    September 3, 2010                     Visitors per Month: 733,382

   The Avion Goes 100+ MPG from Canada to Mexico




Craig Henderson is my hero. He was an automotive technology student at Western
Washington University when he and his friend, Bill Green, designed and built the Avion.
Other than paint and graphics, it doesn't look much different than it did in 1986, when it
first broke 100 mpg on the highway.

Well heck, who cared back then? We had plenty of gasoline in the pipeline and gas was a
cheap as firewood. The Guinness folks gave them a world record (103 mpg) and they
considered building a kit, but in those consumptuous times, nobody wanted an eco-
freako-dorkmobile no matter how cool it looked. So Craig put the Avion under a tarp for
20 years and founded Bullfrog Boats to hone his fabrication skills.

Fast forward to today. Energy is an issue again and the Avion is no longer ahead of its
time, it's right on schedule. Craig built another Avion with a modern engine, from a
diesel Smart Car, and made a set of molds so he can crank out more car bodies if the
world calls for Avions — and how better to get the world calling than another long
distance record attempt; from Canada to Mexico on one tank of fuel. He found a sponsor
to pick up the travel tab, and so the Avion Economy in Motion Border to Border
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Challenge was born (sponsored by Goodyear, in the name
of its Assurance Fuel Max tires.

Craig set out from the Canadian border crossing at Blaine, Washington, on Sunday
morning, August 29, and reached the California/Mexico border on Wednesday,
September 1. He was accompanied by an SUV containing an engineer to handle the fuel,
and a publicist to handle the press.

For MOTHER EARTH NEWS this is a major story, right? Well worth sending Ace
Reporter, Yours Truly, to the front lines, right? We were geared up to follow the Avion,
me and MAX, the full 1,400 miles from start to finish ... until a month ago when we were
asked not to go.

That may seem an odd decision. None of the other press reps were interested enough to
track them from initial fueling to final measurement of the dregs, and you'd think they'd
want somebody around to say “I was there and yes they did it.” To avoid speculation, I
asked the publicist for an explanation I could quote, and here it is:

"Craig wanted to focus on the Avion breaking his old record, he wasn't interested in
doing the Border to Border run with MAX or any other vehicle. He just wants to achieve
his dream of doing a solo run to smash his old record."

I can relate to that. I'll be driving MAX to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in
Pennsylvania in a couple weeks and I'm looking forward to doing it solo; just me, MAX,
and a sleeping bag. I might not enjoy the trip as much if some newsguy was hanging
around documenting it. But I did connect briefly with the Avion team, near the halfway
point, in Redding, California, where I saw the Avion live for the first time. I didn't learn
much I couldn't learn off their Twitter page (“Portland, OR to Redding, CA - 117.0 MPG
“ at the time, and their latest tweet says “1478 Miles using only 12.41 Gallons of Fuel.
119.1 MPG”) but it was enough to leave me impressed.

I'll tell you, in an open road economy contest, the Avion would wax MAX. Their best leg
was Redding to Fresno, claimed at 129 MPG, and MAX is still in double digits. Also the
Avion looks gorgeous, like a small quantity production car, whereas even the kindest
spectator would call MAX a work in progress. All in all, the Avion is the better car, as
well it should be for five times the money, but if you get one, you'll be getting what you
pay for.
Craig intends to put out an Avion kit at around $30,000, plus you'll need a diesel Smart
Car (not an easy acquisition in America) and some other odds and ends, and you'll have a
car that gives you every reason to feel smug as you cruise down the road. My hat's off to
Craig, for sticking to his dreams and making one heck of a car, and maybe next year we
can do a Three Flags Econo Rally. If that comes to fruition, I'll be honored if MAX
comes in second to the Avion.

I'm also interested in checking out Fuel Max tires, so I'll probably be talking with their
publicist again. According to Goodyear, these tires can add 4% to your mileage, and
when you're nibbling at triple digit MPG, 4% looks like a lot.
August 31, 2010                                Visitors Per Month: 487,584

           Washington Man Shoots for 100 or More MPG




Craig Henderson is trying to go far on one 14-gallon tank of diesel - more than 1,000
miles, from the Canadian to Mexican borders.

Driving the Avion, a futuristic looking red roadster that reminded me of Speed Racer's
ride, Henderson said he aims to average better than 103 miles per gallon as he made a pit
stop into the Record Searchlight's parking lot this morning. Henderson, 53, of
Bellingham, Wash., built the car in his idle time as a young plastics engineer in the
1980s. In 1986 he said he set a Guinness World Record for miles per gallon driving from
Mexico to Canada, averaging 103 mpg.

Driven by an 800 cc, 3-cylinder engine that puts out 67 horsepower, Henderson said the
keys to the car's high mpg are its aerodynamics and light weight - less than 1,500 pounds.
This drive, which is part of a promotion by Goodyear Tire, Henderson said he has also
has the company's Fuel Max tires to further bump up his mpg by four percent.
He started Sunday, plans to be in Fresno tonight and at the Mexican border Wednesday.
Henderson said his biggest worry about his trip is running into traffic jams.
"You don't get good mileage stopped," he said.
   September 3, 2010                                           VPM: 379,896

Craig Henderson Drives from Canada to Mexico on One Tank
                          of Gas




Craig Henderson started his odyssey near the Canadian border in Blaine, Washington, in
a high-mileage prototype he built in 1984 called the Avion. He ended it in Mexico, after
traveling nearly 1,500 miles along I-5. And in between he didn't have to fill up once.

Henderson once had plans to mass-market the Avion. His dreams of commercial success
never went anywhere. But he kept tinkering until he had a world-record holder on his
hands.

With an aluminum frame and carbon fiber body, the Avion is about as light and
aerodynamic as you can get for a roadster, two factors that helped Henderson get an
incredible 119 miles per gallon on his trip.

Henderson says he has plans to build a couple Avions in a limited production run. In the
meantime he'll focus on his other hobby: driving past gas stations whilst giggling
uncontrollably.
September 11, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 354,212

                One Tank of Gas from Canada to Mexico




Making a pit stop on a road trip can eat up a lot of driving time. Perhaps that’s that drove
Craig Henderson to create the Avion, a high-mileage vehicle that he drove from Canada
to Mexico without stopping for gas.

Henderson took his prototype, which he helped build in 1984, from Blaine, Washington
(on the U.S./Canada border) to Mexico. On this 1,478 mile trip, he burned 12.4 gallons of
fuel in a record-breaking 119.1 mpg car.

He had plans to sell the car commercially, but that didn’t pan out for him and his partner,
Bill Green. So, he kept the car, worked on perfecting it, improving the power train and
making it more aerodynamic.

In order to keep its weight down, the Avion is built with an aluminum monocoque frame
with steel front/rear crash and suspension sub frames, allowing it to tip the scale at just
1,500 lb. Its wind tunnel-shaped body is made of carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass that
is riveted and bonded in place, making its structure very stiff. Mounted behind the driver
is its 800-cc diesel engine, and the rear wheels are powered through a five-speed gearbox.

Since it’s so light weight and offers low-resistance aerodynamics, the Avion only need 3
to 4 horsepower to keep a 55 mph pace. Henderson also secured a sponsorship from
Goodyear – he used their low rolling resistance “Fuel Max” tires which help him reached
115 mpg averages. It turned it into a promotional stunt, starting from the U.S./Canadian
border and driving all the way to the Mexican border without filling up.
Henderson’s odyssey started on August 29th. He drove the entire length of Interstate 5,
only stopping for food, bathroom breaks and to sleep. When he reached his destination
near Chula Vista, he’d burned an officially measured 12.4 gallons for an amazing 119.1
mpg fuel economy. His journey broke the 103 mpg Guinness world record the car had set
on the same border to border run in 1986.
September 9, 2010                                Visitors per Month: 210,752

  Washington State Man Drives 1,400 Miles without Refueling




Craig Henderson of Bellingham, Wash., which is about 90 miles north of Seattle, planned
to drive his home-built car from the Canadian border to Mexico without stopping for fuel.
Before leaving on Aug. 29, he’d carefully calculated that his streamlined car could travel
the more than 1,400 miles on 14 gallons of diesel.

Of course, things didn’t go exactly as planned. By the time Mr. Henderson arrived at the
border at Tijuana three days later, the bright-red coupe, called the Avion, had used only
12.4 gallons of fuel, for an average of 119.1 miles per gallon.

“I could have driven halfway back,” Mr. Henderson said in a telephone interview.

“I’m very, very happy,” he said, sounding breathless but relieved. “We proved it’s not a
fluke. We didn’t just break our old record, we smashed it.” The Avion earned a place in
the Guinness Book of World Records in 1986 during a similar drive from Canada to
Mexico at an average 103.7 miles per gallon.

Designed and built by Mr. Henderson and his friend and fellow engineer Bill Green, the
Avion – French for airplane – has a fiberglass exterior and gullwing-style doors that
swing up and out from the body. There is room for only two adults. A 3-cylinder diesel
engine from a Smart For two is mounted behind the passenger compartment. Power is
delivered to the rear wheels using a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission.

During this most recent trip, driven in a nearly straight line south along Interstate 5, the
Avion had no trouble beating its old record. The total driving time was 29 hours 28
   September 2, 2010                                             VPM: 309,639

   Avion Green Car Drives from Canada to Mexico on
                     One Tank




And it wasn’t even a big tank. The Avion prototype developed in 1984 achieved 119.1
mpg average in a marathon drive completed yesterday, motoring from near Blaine,
Washington to the Mexican border by Chula Vista, California. Innovator Craig
Henderson stopped for food and lodging, though he didn’t refill the 12.4-gallon tank.

The car is powered by an 800cc diesel engine, and it benefits from light weight, slippery
aerodynamics, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires--the original equipment tire on
the 2010 Ford Fusion S, 2010 Toyota Prius, 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and 2011 Chevrolet
Cruze Eco. Henderson claims just 3 to 6 horsepower is needed to maintain highway
speeds.

"The Avion has achieved 113 miles per gallon at 55-60 miles per hour in testing. For this
journey, we averaged around 55 miles per hour and contended with regular traffic
volumes," said Henderson.

Back in 1986, the Avion set the Guinness world record for fuel economy at 103.7-mpg
average driving from Mexico to British Columbia, Canada.

With this latest feat proving the remarkable fuel efficiency, it is a shame the car wasn’t
entered into the Automotive X Prize competition, which is offering $10 million in prize
money to the cars that can achieve 100 MPGE and meet minimal production
requirements. The winners of the X Prize will be announced in mid September.

Henderson is tooling up for a limited production run.
    September 2, 2010                                             VPM: 278,931

   Man Drives from Canada to Mexico on One Tank of
                        Gas




A man named Craig Henderson recently achieved the remarkable feat of driving from the
Canadian border to the Mexican border on just one tank of gas. Using a prototype car
called the Avion, which he developed with a partner in 1984 and has been continually
making better ever since, he drove from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico
without refueling, consuming 12.4 gallons of diesel fuel over the course of the 1,384 mile
trip, giving him a Guinness record-shattering border-to-border 119.1 MPG. (The previous
record of 103 MPG had actually been set by the same car in 1986.)

Jalopnik fills us in on the specs that made it possible:

The car is built with two things in mind: weight and aerodynamics. To achieve a
featherweight 1500-lb target, it uses an aluminum monocoque frame with steel front/rear
crash and suspension subframes. To the frame a slippery wind tunnel-shaped body made
of carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass is riveted and bonded in place, yielding a very stiff
structure. An 800-cc diesel engine is transversely mounted behind the driver and the rear
wheels are powered through a five-speed gearbox.

With such light weight and low-resistance aerodynamics, the car only requires 3-4
horsepower to keep a 55 mph pace, perfect for the tiny diesel to chug along just sipping
fuel. Henderson recently got sponsorship from Goodyear and tossed on a set of their low
rolling resistance “Fuel Max” tires and has been seeing 115 mpg averages. As a
promotional stunt, he decided to set off from the US/Canadian border at Blaine,
Washinton and drive all the way to the Mexican border without filling up. Border-to-
border on one tank.
August 30, 2010                                 Visitors per Month: 237,944

 The Avion: Driving From Canada to Mexico on 14 Gallons of
                           Gas




No one cared about fuel economy in the '80s. I drove a used six-cylinder Datsun that got
terrible mileage, especially as driven by a high-school boy, where you needed to see if
you could hit 85 m.p.h. on the way to the grocery store. But I was easily able to fill the
tank on busboy wages, as gas was 99 cents per gallon, cheaper than soda.

Nevertheless, in 1984 inventors Craig Henderson and Bill Green developed the Avion, a
hand-built car that hit an astonishing high of 113 miles per gallon in test runs. It wasn't
intended to be a "green" car; the duo set out to build a high-performance sports car, but
by using manufacturing techniques "more closely related to small airplane construction
than steel stamped automobiles"--composite materials are used widely throughout--the
Avion achieved absurdly low mileage even though it used a standard Chrysler four-
cylinder engine. Henderson drove it from Mexico to Canada while averaging 103 miles
per gallon.

After 20 years, Henderson is now trying to break his high-mileage record; he's dusted off
the Avion, updated the engine and tires, and is attempting to drive from the Canadian
border to the Mexican border on only a single 14-gallon tank full of gas. Henderson
departed from Blaine, Washington yesterday, and is Tweeting his updates here.
While he hopes the Avion and his trip will draw attention to just how possible high-
efficiency automobiles are, Henderson is well aware of the challenges he faces beyond
the drive: "It's one thing to build a car that gets 100 miles per gallon," he says. "It's
another thing to build a company that builds that car."
September 8, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 170,261

                             Goodyear Henderson




Washington State native Craig Henderson stands with his custom-built car, the Avion, at
the US Border with Mexico after completing a more than 1,400-mile journey from the
Canadian border on one tank of gas. Henderson attributes his record-setting fuel economy
of 119.1 MPG to the Avions aerodynamic shape, light weight and low rolling resistance
Fuel Max tires from Goodyear. (PRNewsFoto/Goodyear)
September 4, 2010                             Visitors per Month: 157,279

 Bellingham Man's Car Goes from Canada to Mexico on One
                      Tank of Fuel




Bellingham resident Craig Henderson has driven the car he built in the 1980s from
Canada to Mexico on one tank of diesel, getting an average of 119.1 miles per gallon, he
said, and shattering the old record the car set back in 1986.

Henderson started his border-to-border drive Sunday, Aug. 29, from Blaine. He finished
Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Known as the Avion, his sleek, red car covered 1,478 miles on 12.41 gallons of fuel, he
said.

"Not bad, huh?" Henderson said during a phone interview from Los Angeles.

The average speed on the journey was 55 mph.

The car weighs 1,500 pounds. By comparison, a 2010 Toyota Prius weighs 3,042 pounds,
according to the company.

Before embarking on his most recent border-to-border trip, Henderson said he swapped
out the car's engine and replaced the tires with ones donated by Goodyear that were
expected to add 4 percent to the car's fuel economy.
Henderson said he had the results certified by Alex Marr, a past president of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Henderson's lightweight car had 14 gallons of diesel when he departed Sunday.

The owner of Bullfrog Boats and a Western Washington University alumnus, Henderson
created the Avion with friend Bill Green in 1984 while both studied at the school's
Vehicle Research Institute.

Two years later, the duo drove the car from the U.S./Mexico border to Vancouver, B.C. -
averaging 103.7 miles per gallon and fueling their drive into the Guinness Book of World
Records.

In 2008, the car bested that fuel-efficiency record by getting an average of 113.1 miles
per gallon on a drive from Bellingham to the Oregon border.

The most recent drive was for fun and also a personal quest to break previous records
held by the car, according to Henderson.

Not that he wouldn't mind if something more happened.

"If we can influence the car manufacturers to make more fuel-efficient cars, I will have
done my part for the planet," he said.

Henderson said he and Green, who teaches industrial design at Virginia Tech, also
wanted to show that you didn't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to fuel-efficient
vehicles.

"We're just using current technology," he said.
   September 3, 2010                                             VPM: 154,002

                         Posted in: Cars
             From Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Gas




Turns out you don’t need to be in an electric vehicle to point fingers and laugh at people
waiting in gas stations. Craig Henderson, a Washington state native, went from the
Canadian border in Blaine, Washington to Mexico on one tank of gas or 12.4 gallons of
diesel.

Henderson made the 1,478 mile journey along 1-5 in a 1984 car that he built by himself
called Avion. The car’s aluminum frame and carbon fiber body helped give it an
extraordinary 119.1 miles per gallon. This 1,500-pound vehicle uses an aluminum
monocoque frame with steel crash and suspension subframes at the front and rear and is
literally as light and aerodynamic as they come.

The body is made from carbon fiber and fiberglass and the car uses a 800cc diesel engine.
It needs about three to four horsepower to maintain a 55 mph speed. Goodyear’s low
rolling resistance Fuel Max tires helped chug the car along.

The Henderson once wanted to mass-market the Avion, which he built 26 years ago as a
prototype, but gave up on his commercial dream and got the word-record instead for
topping 103 mpg in a car.

As of now, the star driver will build a couple of more Avions for a few interested parties.

Clearly, this makes it fairly clear that President Obama’s mandate that cars fleets need to
average 35 mpg is extremely achievable. We’re hoping some larger car manufacturer
picks up on Craig’s model and expands on it.

As Henderson told the News Tribune, “It’s kind of funny … these are two guys who did
this. Why can’t Detroit do this?”
September 2, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 150,253

                 Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Fuel




Talk about hypermiling (you know, that way of driving which allows you not to burn fuel
like crazy). An American entrepreneur with lots of spare time at his disposal and the
willingness to prove a point completed this week a 1,400-mile trip from where Canada
ends to where Mexico begins on a single tank of fuel.

Now, the car he used is not the regular vehicle you find at your local Chevy dealer, but a
custom-built vehicle called Avion (in some languages, that means airplane,
coincidentally).
September 3, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 141,078

          From Canada to Mexico on a Single Tank of Fuel




When Americans think of ‘green’ automotive technology, few are likely to immediate
think of diesel. But the fuel is gaining traction in the U.S. as automakers focus on ways to
cost efficiently boost fleet-wide fuel economy.

In what may perfectly illustrate the promise of diesel, Craig Henderson drove from
Canada to Mexico on just 12.4 gallons of diesel fuel.

Riding in a light weight and aerodynamic car called the Avion, a vehicle he personally
designed back in 1984, Henderson achieved 119 miles per gallon on this 1,478 mile
journey. He didn’t even need to stop to refuel.

Powering this car is an 800cc diesel engine that’s transversely mounted behind the driver.
The body utilizes a range of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and
fiberglass.

Thanks to its aerodynamic sheet metal, the Avion can easily maintain highway speeds
without a powerful engine. Even the tires have a low roll resistance to further bolster the
Avion’s fuel economy.

Henderson left Canada on August 29. Traveling primarily down Interstate 5, he hit the
Mexican border a week later. It’s incredible mpg was even recorded by Guinness as a
world record.

Henderson built the Avion to sell, but the company never got off the ground. Decades
later, this trip has ignited a renewed interest in building and selling the vehicle.
September 5, 2010                                          VPM: 124,785

Craig Henderson’s Canada to Mexico Drive on One
         Tank of Gas Sets World Record




A guy named Craig Henderson recently drove from Canada to Mexico in a car that
got a Guinness World record-breaking 119.1 miles-per-gallon. More impressive,
though, is the fact that he never once had to stop to refuel. That’s right; Henderson
made it all the way from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico on just one tank
of gas, and consumed just 12.4 gallons of diesel along the 1,384-mile trip. Oh yeah,
and the car was constructed in 1984.

As Jalopnik explains, Henderson originally designed the car with his partner, Bill
Green, as a prototype he hoped to sell. Their commercial aspirations never panned
out, but Henderson continued to improve the Avion, fine-tuning its specs with careful
attention to weight and aerodynamics. Thanks to its aluminum monocoque frame, the
Avion weighs in at just 1500 pounds, and its sleek, aerodynamic body is crafted from
carbon, kevlar and fiberglass. As a result, the Avion needs only 3-4 horsepower to
maintain a 55 mile-per-hour speed, while a set of Goodyear-sponsored, low rolling
resistance ‘Fuel Max’ tires helps extend its mileage even further
   August 30, 2010                                              VPM: 123,448

  To Mexico on a Tank of Gas Record? Tacoma Native
                     Heads Out




Craig Henderson expects to spend $42 on gas during his roughly 1,400-mile drive from
Blaine to Tijuana, Mexico. He might even have change left over.

The Tacoma native built a lightweight, aerodynamic sports car back in 1984 and named
his masterpiece the Avion. In 1986, he set a world record for fuel economy at 103.7 miles
per gallon driving from Mexico to the Canadian border.

"I'm about to break it," Henderson said Sunday during a quick stop in Tacoma.

He got behind the wheel Sunday morning at his Bellingham home and drove to Blaine.
He's counting those extra miles in the journey.

Henderson's plan is to take Interstate 5 all the way south, driving no faster than 60 mph
and stopping for the night in various cities, such as Portland and Redding and Fresno,
Calif. Goodyear Tires is sponsoring the trip as a way to promote its Assurance Fuel Max
tires, which are on Henderson's car.

He expects to use 14 gallons of fuel, which he is carrying with him.

The Avion, if everything goes as planned, should hit the border late Wednesday.
Henderson is unsure what this trip could mean for his world record, but that's not
something he's thinking much about.

"I want bragging rights," Henderson said.

His friend Bill Green styled the red car, and Henderson engineered it. The Avion weighs
less than 1,500 pounds and is streamlined so it doesn't disturb the wind.

He has no immediate plans to manufacture or sell his design. There is no funding
available and the Avion is composed of recycled components, not exactly a product that
can be mass-produced with ease.
September 2, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 121,131
                 Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Fuel




Talk about hyper-miling (you know, that way of driving which allows you not to burn
fuel like crazy). An American entrepreneur with lots of spare time at his disposal and the
willingness to prove a point completed this week a 1,400-mile trip from where Canada
ends to where Mexico begins on a single tank of fuel.

Now, the car he used is not the regular vehicle you find at your local Chevy dealer, but a
custom-built vehicle called Avion (in some languages, that means “airplane,”
coincidentally). The Avion, a lightweight sports car (powered by a 800 cc diesel engine,
just so you know), managed to complete the trip with an average of 119.1 mpg (1.97l/100
km). Or, if you like, it did the whole North to South trip with only 12.4 gallons of fuel.

The man who built and drove the car, Craig Henderson, managed to beat two of his
previous records, set in the same car, several times, since 1986. What made the difference
this time was the use of new technologies, including Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires.

With their 27 percent improvement in rolling resistance, or 4 percent better fuel economy
than in previous versions of the tires, smashing the old record was a child's play.

"The Avion has achieved 113 miles per gallon at 55-60 miles per hour in testing. For this
journey, we averaged around 55 miles per hour and contended with regular traffic
volumes," Henderson said after achieving the task.

"The Goodyear Fuel Max tires help provides the fuel savings we wanted, and with the
confidence of knowing we will have excellent wet and dry traction."
September 7, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 102,037

   Retro Car Goes From Canada to Mexico on a Single Tank




Energy efficiency has only recently become a popular concern among vehicle owners,
but some people have been thinking about it for a long, long time. Craig Henderson and
Bill Green designed the Avion, a fuel-efficient sports car, in 1984. Two years later, the
vehicle set the Guinness World Record for fuel economy, getting an average of 103.7
mpg all the way from the Mexico border to the British Columbia, Canada border. Now
Henderson has revived the Avion for another jaunt from Canada to Mexico.

The latest iteration of the vehicle is just 1500 pounds and features an aluminum
monocoque frame, a carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass body, and Goodyear "Fuel Max"
tires. After receiving a sponsorship deal from Goodyear, Henderson decided to go from
border to border once again--this time, on a single tank of gas.

Jalopnik reports that Henderson began his latest journey on August 29th. He stopped only
to go to the bathroom, grab food, and catch a night's rest. The result: Henderson burned
only 12.4 gallons on his journey to the Mexican border for a fuel economy of 119.1 mpg,
breaking his own Guinness World Record from 1986. (He drove at a pretty constant 55
mph.)

Henderson is gearing up for limited commercial production of the Avion. If our
fascination with fuel economy is any indication, he won't have any trouble selling it.
    September 7, 2010                                             VPM: 80,533

              Goodyear: 1,400 Miles on One Tank of Gas




Goodyear has announced that it managed to drive for 1,400 miles on just 1 tank of gas.
The journey started from Canada and went south all the way to Mexico. The one tank of
gas journey from Canada to Mexico was done by Craig Henderson and his custom-built
car, the Avion, which of course, is equipped with Goodyear tires with Fuel Max
Technology. The documented mpg figure of the Avion was 119.1 miles per gallon, which
means the 1,400 mile journey was done with just 12.4 gallons of fuel!

The part the Goodyear tires played in all this is that they help reduce the energy loss as
the tires roll through a Fuel-Saving Tread Compound. Goodyear says their new tires can
save average motorists 2,600 miles worth of gas over the life of a set of tires.
The car that went from Canada to Mexico on one tank of gas is lightweight and
aerodynamic and was first developed by Henderson and co-designer Bill Green in 1984.
    September 3, 2010                                           VPM: 73,804

           Avion Sets New Mileage Record at 119.1 MPG




On September 1st, American driver Craig Henderson completed a 1,478-mile trip behind
the wheel of his Avion car using only 46.98 liters (12.41 US gallons) of diesel; the
equivalent of 1.975 liters per 100 kilometers (119.1 mpg). This remarkable feat helped
him break two of his previous records.

Even more incredible is the design of the Avion, which dates back to 1984!

Breaking a 24-year-old record
Henderson, an engineer, left his Tacoma (WA) home on August 29th to fill up in Blaine,
a small town located near the Canadian border. With a full 53-liter (14 gallons) tank, he
then headed south on Interstate 5. His plan? To reach Tijuana, at the Mexican border,
without ever stopping for fuel.

Henderson maintained an average speed of 88.5 km/h (55 mi/h). Obviously, his venture
created quite a buzz and media folks in cities like Portland, Redding and Fresno were
waiting for him along the way.

The famous hyper miler knew the route pretty well. In 1986, he set the Guinness world
record for fuel economy at 2.27 L/100 km (103.7 mpg) driving the entire West Coast
between Mexico and British Columbia. Two years ago, he did it again, improving his
mark to 2.08 L/100 km (113.1 mpg) as he drove from Bellingham (near the Canadian
border) to Portland (OR).
September 12, 2010                               Visitors per Month: 72,436

For Real Fuel Economy, Forget the Prius and go for the 1984
                         Avion

Craig Henderson recently navigated the 1,478 mile trip from Blaine, Washington, to the
Mexican border on a single tank of gas. So what kind of fantastical futuristic supercar
was this man driving? Some cutting-edge Ford concept vehicle years away from the
commercial market?! No. In fact, Henderson was driving a home-made car from 1984.
Read that again. 1984!

Contrary to the boastful language of car commercials, fuel efficiency wasn’t discovered
last week. But it wasn’t chic for car companies back then, so Henderson and his business
partner Bill Green never could put together commercial plans for this vehicle, the Avion.

The car succeeds because it’s lightweight (just 1,500 pounds -- half the weight of a Prius)
and aerodynamic, so its 800-cc diesel engine needs only 3-4 horsepower to maintain a
pace of 55 miles per hour (the modern Prius engine is nearly 2000-cc and requires nearly
100 horsepower). Using modern Goodyear "Fuel Max" tires (Goodyear recently signed
on as a sponsor for Henderson), the Avion has clocked average fuel efficiencies of 115
miles per gallon (a figure roughly 50% better than the best recorded Toyota Prius fuel
efficiency). Add it all up and the Avion is far superior to the Prius, on paper. Sure, it's
fully gas-powered so it's not really as superficially environmental as a car that can
occasionally go electric but hey, MONEY SAVED.

The man drove from Canada to Mexico on 12.4 gallons of diesel fuel! In a car that was
conceived before I was! Hopefully, this becomes bigger news in coming months, as
Henderson plans to build the car in limited quantities. Let's hope the price is right.
September 8, 2010                                Visitors per Month: 65,507

 Marathon Gas-Saving Car Trip Boosted by Goodyear's Fuel
                      Max Tires


Craig Henderson and his custom-built car, the Avion, completed a border-to- border drive
from Canada to Mexico on a single tank of gas with the help of the efficient Goodyear
Fuel Max tires.

Henderson from Bellingham, Wash. began the drive on Aug. 29 near Blaine, Wash.,
heading south to the Mexican border near Chula Vista, Ca. He made the 1,400-mile
journey getting 119.1 miles per gallon, using 12.4 gallons of fuel from start to finish.
Henderson stopped for food and overnight lodging – but no refueling – as he piloted the
aerodynamic car primarily on the north-south Interstate 5.


Helping the car to achieve the milestone was Assurance Fuel Max tires, featuring the
company's Fuel-Saving Tread Compound that helps reduce energy loss as the tires roll,
saving an average motorist 2,600 miles worth of gas over the life of a set of tires,
according to brand manager Razvan Bosomoiu.

"This is a remarkable accomplishment, when you think of the number of fill- ups a
typical driver would have to make during such a long trip," says Bosomoiu. "Compared
to regular passenger car tires, the Fuel Max helps the Avion roll more easily and achieve
fuel mileage improvements."
August 30, 2010                                  Visitors per Month: 60,973

 The Avion: on a Journey to Prove it is Still the World's Most
                       Efficient Car

An extremely efficient car, the Avion will attempt to travel from Blaine, Washington to
the Mexico border using merely 14 gallons of fuel.

The Avion was invented by Bill Green and Craig Henderson in 1984. That year, the car
was able to average 113 miles per gallon in its test runs. Two years later, the Avion set
the world record for fuel efficiency by averaging 103.7 mpg on a trip from Bellingham,
Washington to the Oregon state-line.

This current journey could produce the Avion's third world record. Henderson and Green
have modified the vehicle and provided it with a more aerodynamic shell, new tires, and
an updated engine.
September 9, 2010                         Visitors per Month: 36,253

           From Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Diesel




Full View Craig Henderson drove from Blaine, Washington to the Mexican border — a
distance of 1,478 miles — without stopping to refuel. He burned 12.4 gallons for a
record-breaking 119.1 mpg in a car he originally designed in 1984. The Avion is a car
Craig Henderson originally built with partner Bill Green way back in 1984 as a prototype
for a high-mileage vehicle he hoped to sell. Commercial plans never came to fruition, but
Henderson never abandoned the Avion. Over the years he's kept tinkering with it,
improving its power train and aerodynamics along the way.

With such light weight and low-resistance aerodynamics, the car only requires 3-4
horsepower to keep a 55 mph pace, perfect for the tiny diesel to chug along just sipping
fuel. Henderson recently got sponsorship from Goodyear and tossed on a set of their low
rolling resistance "Fuel Max" tires and has been seeing 115 mpg averages. As a
promotional stunt, he decided to set off from the US/Canadian border at Blaine,
Washington and drive all the way to the Mexican border without filling up.

The development on the Avion isn't over either. He's got plans to restart his dream of
building the car in limited quantities and it's competing in the Progressive Automotive X-
Prize, which seeks to reward work on next-generation fuel-efficient vehicles. It speaks
volumes that this car was built 26 years ago and with a little modification can manage
such impressive fuel economy still to this day. Amazing what some added lightness and
aerodynamics can accomplish.

Henderson started off on August 29th and essentially drove the entire length of Interstate
5, stopping only for food, bathroom breaks and to sleep overnight. When he arrived at the
Mexican border near Chula Vista, he'd burned an officially measured 12.4 gallons for an
amazing 119.1 mpg fuel economy. The run actually broke the 103 mpg Guinness world
record the car had set on the same border to border run in 1986.
September 8, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 29,042

Lightweight Avion travels 1,478 miles on 12.4 gallons of
              diesel; that's 119.1 mpg!




Craig Henderson piloted his 1,500-pound, diesel-powered Avion from Blaine WA, to
Mexico – a 1,478-mile journey – and he burned just 12.4 gallons of fuel along the way.
Some simple math shows that this featherweight vehicle achieved an astounding 119.1
miles per gallon, but the mileage numbers don't tell the whole story.

Henderson and partner Bill Green began designing the Avion in 1984. They set out to
build a prototype high-mileage vehicle and sell it to the public. The business floundered,
but Henderson couldn't let his work on the Avion be for naught. He tinkered for years and
made modifications that reduced the vehicle's weight and improved its aerodynamics.
The end result tips the scales at just 1,500 pounds and packs a puny, 800cc diesel engine.
Due to the Avion's light weight and enhanced aerodynamics, a scant four horsepower is
required to maintain speeds of 55 miles per hour.

Henderson organized the run from Washington to Mexico as a promotional stunt to
showcase the vehicle's abilities. On August 29th, Henderson fired up the Avion and took
to the roads. His 1,478-mile trip ended three days later near Chula Vista, CA and eclipsed
the Avion's own record-setting result of 103 mpg back in 1986. In 2008, the car managed
113.1 mpg. The car was entered (and then dropped out of) the Automotive X-Prizebut
Henderson's promotional run has renewed his interest in selling the Avion. We're inclined
to believe that this mileage champ could win buyers over on its fuel-sipping abilities
alone.
September 4, 2010                               Visitors per Month: 27,530

 Man Drives from Canada to Mexico on a Single Tank of Gas


  Recently, a guy named Craig Henderson drove from Canada to Mexico in a car that
  he designed. It is listed as a Guinness World record breaking car with 119.1 miles-
  per-gallon. That’s a long way to drive on a gallon of gas. A normal car these days
  that’s considered to get great gas mileage gets about 25 miles-per-gallon highway
  average.

  This car was originally constructed in 1984. Henderson has been almost constantly
  modifying the car to make it run better and better.

  He travelled from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico on his trip. This trip
  took him a little while, but he made it in under a tank of gas, using 12.4 gallons of
  diesel along the entire 1,384-mile trip.

  Henderson originally designed the car with his partner, Bill Green. He designed it as a
  prototype he hoped to sell. They commercial aspirations never panned out, but
  Henderson continued to improve the Avion. He fine-tuned its specs with careful
  attention to weight and aerodynamics.

  The automobile has a aluminum conocoque frame. The Avion weighs in at just 1,500
  pounds. Its sleek and aerodynamic body is constructed from carbon, fiberglass and
  kevlar. The Avion requires only 3-4 horsepower to maintain a 55 mile-per-hour
  speed. It’s outfitted with a set of Goodyear-sponsored, low rolling resistance “Fuel
  Max” tires which help extend its mileage even further.

  There’s not really any reason why the commercial aspect of the Avion shouldn’t work
  out, it probably just didn’t fit right with the oil companies, and the commercial auto
  makers probably just wanted to stay on their good side. Hopefully, cars like this will
  become more known in the future, and more attention will be placed on them.
September 12, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 27,083

           WWU Grad Makes it to Mexico on One Tank




Bellingham resident Craig Henderson completed a 1,400-mile drive from Canada to
Mexico on a single tank of gas last week. Henderson's custom-built car, the Avion, is
powered by an 800 cc diesel motor. It used 12.4 gallons over the course of the trip,
averaging 119.1 mpg at 55 mph. Henderson, a Western Washington University grad, took
a similar trip in 1986, setting a world record for mileage.
August 31, 2010                                  Visitors per Month: 24,212

         Man Drives Car That Gets 100+ Miles per Gallon




A Washington man says he's got a car that gets more than 100 miles per gallon. He's
driving the car from border to border, Canada to Mexico, to prove it.

Craig Henderson says he built the car 25 years ago as a college project. He went border to
border then, getting 103.7 miles per gallon. Now he's trying to break his own record, "It's
a personal goal. It's something I always wanted to do, to prove that it really did happen."
Henderson says between Washington and Redding he has averaged about 113 miles per
gallon this trip.

For people who think he has done something special, he has. Henderson says the
"Avion," as he calls it, is shaped like an arrow which improves aerodynamics. It is also
reasonably light, weighing in at 1,500 pounds and it has Goodyear low rolling resistance
fuel max tires on it.
August 30, 2010                             Visitors per Month: 14,098


   Bellingham Man Driving to Mexico on Single Tank of Gas


Hybrid vehicles, step aside…a Bellingham inventor is hoping to push the bounds of high-
mileage driving with a Canada-to-Mexico drive on a single tank of fuel.

Craig Henderson says he first built his one hundred plus mile per gallon car, dubbed the
“Avion,” more than 25 years ago.

Back in 1986, Henderson set the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Fuel Range’
driving the lightweight Avion from Mexico to Canada.

Henderson says with a newer standard engine and new “Fuel Max” tires from Goodyear,
he’s hoping to break his old record.

The Avion took off from Blaine Sunday morning, and is expected to cruise into Tijuana
on Wednesday.
September 8, 2010                               Visitors per Month: 11,557

                              Avion Car Company


The key to the Avion is design: they’re using lightweight, composite materials (carbon
fiber, Kevlar, "S"-Glass) and experimental aerodynamics to increase performance and
fuel efficiency
 in an otherwise standard diesel-powered car (four-wheel disks, independent suspension,
rack-and-pinion steering). The Avion utilizes a monocoque 6061 aluminum chassis
 and features semi-gull wing doors. Thus far they report having achieved 114 mpg
driving at 55 mph.

Goal: The Avion team—and the vehicle itself—has been around a while. In that time
they have established a reputation for design innovation that contributes directly to
increased fuel efficiency. Consequently, their goal is to bring the Avion vehicle to
market.

Leader: Craig Henderson. In 1986, Henderson drove the original Avion vehicle—which
doesn’t differ a whole lot from the car the team’s bringing to the X-Prize—a total of
1,759 miles, averaging 103.7 mpg, a feat that landed him in the 1988 Guinness Book of
World Records for “longest fuel range. According to the team’s web site, Henderson
broke his own record in the Avion this past October.

Financial backing: Craig Henderson, Bullfrog Boats, Goodyear (tires), Canton Bandag
Company
September 2, 2010                               Visitors Per Month: 11,159

             Goodyear Fuel Max Goes Border to Border




A Washington man recently drove from Canada to Mexico on a single tank of gas and
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires, according to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Craig Henderson and his custom-built car, the Avion, completed the more than 1,400-
mile trek this past weekend.

"Helping the car to achieve this milestone was a set of Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
tires, featuring a Fuel-Saving Tread Compound."

The Avion is powered by an 800 cc diesel motor. Henderson says he drove the car at
around 55 miles per hour, contending with "regular traffic volumes." The Avion, he adds,
consumed just 12.4 gallons of fuel from start to finish.

The Assurance Fuel Max is available in 32 sizes and covers about 80% of the passenger
car market, according to Goodyear.
September 4, 2010                             Visitors per Month: 5,000

  Craig Henderson’s Canada to Mexico Drive on One Tank of
                  Gas Sets World Record




A guy named Craig Henderson recently drove from Canada to Mexico in a car that got a
Guinness World record-breaking 119.1 miles-per-gallon . More impressive, though, is the
fact that he never once had to stop to refuel. That’s right, Henderson made it all the way
from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico on just one tank of gas, and consumed
just 12.4 gallons of diesel along the 1,384-mile trip
September 3, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 5,000


Goodyear Fuel Max Goes From Canada to Mexico

A Washington man recently drove from Canada to Mexico on a single tank of gas and Goodyear Assurance
Fuel Max tires, according to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Craig Henderson and his custom-built car, the Avion, completed the more than 1,400-mile plus trek this past
weekend.

The Avion is powered by an 800cc diesel motor. Henderson says he drove the car at around 55 miles per hour,
contending with "regular traffic volumes." The Avion, he adds, consumed just 12.4 gallons of fuel from start to
finish.

The Assurance Fuel Max is available in 32 sizes and covers about 80% of the passenger car market, according
to Goodyear.
September 3, 2010                            Visitors per Month: 5,000

         From Canada to Mexico on 12.4 Gallons of Diesel




Craig Henderson drove 1,478 miles from Blaine, Washington to Mexico without stopping
to refuel, burning just 12.4 gallons of diesel for a stunning 119.1 mpg.

And he did it in a car he originally designed in 1984.

Henderson rolled into Chula Vista, California, at the wheel of the Avion four days after
he left home. The Avion is a car he built with Bill Green 26 years ago as a prototype
high-mileage vehicle he hoped to sell. The business floundered, but Henderson never
abandoned the Avion. Over the years he’s kept tinkering with it, improving its powertrain
and aerodynamics.

The car was built with two things in mind: Light weight and aerodynamics. To hit the
featherweight 1,500-pound target, the car uses an aluminum monocoque frame with steel
crash and suspension subframes at the front and rear.

The body, of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass, is riveted and bonded to the body,
yielding a very stiff vehicle. An 800cc diesel engine is transversely mounted behind the
driver and powers the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox.
Because it’s so light and aerodynamic, the car needs just three to four horsepower to
maintain 55 mph. That’s perfect for the tiny diesel to chug along while only sipping fuel.
Henderson recently landed a sponsorship from Goodyear, so he’s installed a set of the
company’s low rolling resistance Fuel Max tires and has been averaging about 115 mpg.

As a promotional stunt, Henderson decided to make a run for the border — the Mexican
border. He planned to make the trip on one tank.

He hit the road on Aug. 29 and stuck largely to Interstate 5, stopping only for food,
bathroom breaks and to sleep. When he rolled up to the border near Chulla Vista on
Wednesday he’d burned 12.4 gallons for an amazing 119.1 mpg. That topped the 103
mpg the car achieved, and Guinness classified as a world record — during a similar
border-to-border run in 1986.

The trip is done, but development of the Avion continues. Henderson plans to revisit his
dream of producing the car in limited quantities.
September 7, 2010                               Visitors per Month: 5,000

                      Save This Car More than Motor




This may sound strange, even beyond reasonable logic. An American businessman is
making cars with fuel consumption which is even more efficient than 4 stroke motorcycle
that hit in Indonesia.

With lots of free time he had and the willingness to prove teririt car, he made a car called
the Avion. This car is a sports car that has a lightweight body and use a 800cc diesel
engine.

Avion or which means “flight” began the journey 1400 miles from Canada and ending in
Mexico, by using only one tank of fuel.

The car successfully completed the trip with an average fuel consumption of 119.1 mpg
or only about 1.97 liters for 100 kilometers.

People who build and drive a car, Craig Henderson, had defeated two previous records,
with the same car, several times since 1986.

But what makes the difference with today is the use of new technology, including Fuel
Max tires Goodyear Assurance that uses advanced technology that makes fuel economy.

“Goodyear’s Fuel Max tires help provide fuel savings that we want, and this tire has a
very good ability on the track wet and dry.” Henderson said.

“Avion has reached 113 miles per gallon at an average speed of 55-60 miles per hour or
about 48 km per liter during the first test. With the volume of daily traffic,” Henderson
said after ending his journey. Toto Prayogo
September 5, 2010                               Visitors per Month: 5,000

             Taking Avion 2200 km Only With One Tank




It took the Avion 2200 km with only one tank, starting from Canada down to the final
point in Mexico with a distance of more than 2200 km. But the car that he used instead of
an ordinary Chevy can’t be found at local dealers.


But using a vehicle that has been modified so-called Avion which coincidentally was the
name means the aircraft. Avion's light vehicles, sports cars are powered by 800cc diesel
engine was successfully completed the trip with an average of 119.1 mpg (1.971/100
km). Or in other words if the car is traveling from North to South America requires only
12.4 gallons of fuel.

People who build and drive this car is Craig Henderson. Through this record-Henderson
has managed to beat two previous records with the same car in 1986. But what makes the
difference today is the use of new technologies, which include a new technology called
the tire Goodyear Fuel Max Assurance. With a 27 percent increase or 4 percent better
fuel consumption than the previous version of the first tire that has a record when
Henderson was a kid.

Avion has reached 113 miles per gallon to 55-60 miles per hour in trials. For this trip, our
average speed of 55 miles per hour and argued with the usual traffic volume," Henderson
said after doing his duty was. "Fuel Max tires Goodyear Assurance helps provide fuel
savings that we want and with confidence we know that will have very good traction
even in wet or dry conditions," continued Henderson
September 2, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 5,000

             Avion sets new mileage record at 119.1 MPG




On September 1st, American driver Craig Henderson completed a 1,478-mile trip behind
the wheel of his Avion car using only 46.98 liters (12.41 US gallons) of diesel — the
equivalent of 1.975 liters per 100 kilometers (119.1 mpg)! This remarkable feat helped
him break two of his previous records.

Even more incredible is the design of the Avion, which dates back to 1984!

Breaking a 24-year-old record, Henderson, an engineer, left his Tacoma (WA) home on
August 29th to fill up in Blaine, a small town located near the Canadian border. With a
full 53-litre (14 gallons) tank, he then headed south on Interstate 5. His plan? To reach
Tijuana, at the Mexican border, without ever stopping for fuel.

Henderson maintained an average speed of 88.5 km/h (55 mi/h). Obviously, his venture
created quite a buzz and media folks in cities like Portland, Redding and Fresno were
waiting for him along the way.

The famous hyper miler knew the route pretty well. In 1986, he set the Guinness world
record for fuel economy at 2.27 L/100 km (103.7 mpg) driving the entire West Coast
between Mexico and British Columbia. Two years ago, he did it again, improving his
mark to 2.08 L/100 km (113.1 mpg) as he drove from Bellingham (near the Canadian
border) to Portland (OR).
September 7, 2010                               Visitors per Month: 5,000

       Avion Custom Car Travels 1400 Miles on 12 Gallons;
               Goodyear Fuel Max Tires Credited




Craig Henderson of Bellingham, Washington, drove his custom-built Avion automobile
from the US-Canada border to the US-Mexico border on a single tank of diesel fuel.

Akron-based Goodyear and Henderson report that the journey extended over 1400 miles,
that Henderson managed to get 119.1 miles per gallon, and that his Goodyear Assurance
Fuel Max tires played a significant role in his achievement. He used only 12.4 gallons of
fuel on the trip from Blaine, Washington, on the Canadian border, to the Mexican border
near Chula Vista, California. Henderson made stops for overnight lodging but did not
refuel.

The lightweight, aerodynamic Avion has been around since 1984 and has set records in
the past. The Avion uses an 800 cc diesel engine. Henderson built the original Avion with
co-designer Bill Green; it has never been mass produced.

Henderson said, "The Avion has achieved 113 miles per gallon at 55-60 miles per hour in
testing. For this journey, we averaged around 55 miles per hour and contended with
regular traffic volumes. The Goodyear Fuel Max tires help provides the fuel savings we
wanted, and with the confidence of knowing we will have excellent wet and dry traction."

Goodyear brand manager Razvan Bosomoiu points out that the Fuel Max tire is available
in sizes that fit 80% of cars on the road today. Goodyear estimates that these tires deliver
4% fuel economy to buyers, saving 2,600 miles worth of fuel per set of tires.
September 9, 2010                                 Visitors per Month: 1,673
    Lightweight Avion Travels 1,478 Miles on 12.4 Gallons of
                            Diesel




Craig Henderson piloted his 1,500 pound, diesel-powered Avion from Blaine WA, to
Mexico - a 1,478-mile journey - and he burned just 12.4 gallons of fuel along the way.
Some simple math shows that this featherweight vehicle achieved an astounding 119.1
miles per gallon, but the mileage numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Henderson and partner Bill Green began designing the Avion in 1984. They set out to
build a prototype high-mileage vehicle and sell it to the public. The business floundered,
but Henderson couldn’t let his work on the Avion be for naught. He tinkered for years
and made modifications that reduced the vehicle’s weight and improved its
aerodynamics. The end result tips the scales at just 1,500 pounds and packs a puny, 800cc
diesel engine. Due to the Avion’s light weight and enhanced aerodynamics, a scant four
horsepower is required to maintain speeds of 55 miles per hour.

Henderson organized the run from Washington to Mexico as a promotional stunt to
showcase the vehicle’s abilities. On August 29th, Henderson fired up the Avion and took
to the roads. His 1,478-mile trip ended three days later near Chula Vista, CA and eclipsed
the Avion’s own record-setting result of 103 mpg back in 1986. In 2008, the car managed
113.1 mpg. The car was entered (and then dropped out of) the Automotive X-Prize but
Henderson’s promotional run has renewed his interest in selling the Avion. We’re
inclined to believe that this mileage champ could win buyers over on its fuel-sipping
abilities alone.
September 8, 2010                                 Visitors per Month: 1,658

  Lightweight Avion Travels 1,478 Miles on 12.4 Gallons of
                          Diesel




Filed under: Diesel , MPG , Green Daily , Lightweight Craig Henderson piloted his
1,500-pound, diesel-powered Avion from Blaine WA, to Mexico – a 1,478-mile journey
– and he burned just 12.4 gallons of fuel along the way. Some simple math shows that
this featherweight vehicle achieved an astounding 119.1 miles per gallon, but the mileage
numbers don’t tell the whole story. Henderson and partner Bill Green began designing
the Avion in 1984. They set out to build a prototype high-mileage vehicle and sell it to
the public.
September 6, 2010                              Visitors per Month: 1,652

  Goodyear Tires Help Record-Setting Border-to-Border Run



A Bellingham, Wash., man, with a custom car, a set of tires and one tank of gas; That’s
all it took to travel from Canada to Mexico, a three-day border-to-border drive that ended
yesterday near Chula Vista, Calif.

 Craig Henderson and his custom-built, Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max-shod car, the
Avion, completed the more than 1,400-mile journey with a documented 119.1 miles per
gallon, using 12.4 gallons of fuel from start to finish. He began the drive on Aug. 29 near
Blaine, Wash., heading south to the Mexican border, stopping only for food and
overnight lodging.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment, when you think of the number of fill-ups a typical
driver would have to make during such a long trip,” said Razvan Bosomoiu, Goodyear
brand manager. “Compared to regular passenger car tires, the Fuel Max helps the Avion
roll more easily and achieve fuel mileage improvements.”

 Henderson’s fuel sipping sports car is lightweight and aerodynamic, and it has
previously set fuel efficiency records. The original model was built by Henderson and co-
designer Bill Green in 1984, but mass production was never achieved. The current
version of the Avion is powered by an 800 cc diesel motor.

 “The Avion has achieved 113 miles per gallon at 55-60 miles per hour in testing. For this
journey, we averaged around 55 miles per hour and contended with regular traffic
volumes,” said Henderson. “The Goodyear Fuel Max tires help provide the fuel savings
we wanted, and with the confidence of knowing we will have excellent wet and dry
traction.”
September 3, 2010                                  Visitors per Month: 1,559

         From Canada to Mexico on 12.4 Gallons of Diesel




Craig Henderson drove 1,478 miles from Blaine, Washington to Mexico without stopping
to refuel, burning just 12.4 gallons of diesel for a stunning 119.1 mpg. And he did it in a
car he originally designed in 1984.
September 9, 2010                                     Visitors per Month: 500

  Craig Henderson's Canada to Mexico Drive on One Tank of
                           Gas




A guy named Craig Henderson recently drove from Canada to Mexico in a car that got a
Guinness World record-breaking 119.1 miles-per-gallon. More impressive, though, is the
fact that he never once had to stop to refuel.

That's right, Henderson made it all the way from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista,
Mexico on just one tank of gas, and consumed just 12.4 gallons of diesel along the 1,384-
mile trip. Oh yeah, and the car was constructed in 1984.

As Jalopnik explains, Henderson originally designed the car with his partner, Bill Green,
as a prototype he hoped to sell. Their commercial aspirations never panned out, but
Henderson continued to improve the Avion, fine-tuning its specs with careful attention to
weight and aerodynamics.

Thanks to its aluminum monocoque frame, the Avion weighs in at just 1500 pounds, and
its sleek, aerodynamic body is crafted from carbon, kevlar and fiberglass. As a result, the
Avion needs only 3-4 horsepower to maintain a 55 mile-per-hour speed, while a set of
Goodyear-sponsored, low rolling resistance 'Fuel Max' tires helps extend its mileage even
further.

Even after having completed this border-to-border feat, Henderson isn't done tinkering
with his creation. The roadster is still pursuing his dream of producing the Avion on a
larger scale. And, judging from this recent accomplishment, he probably won't have a
hard time finding interested buyers.
August 30, 2010                                      Visitors per Month: 500

   Ultra-Efficient Avion to Go from Canada to Mexico on 14
                            Gallons




Fuel efficiency may have only become a hot topic recently, but some people have been
thinking about with hypermiling vehicles for decades. Take, for example, inventors Bill
Green and Craig Henderson; In 1984 the pair built a car dubbed the “Avion“, which
squeezed out 113 mpg in test runs. Now it’s going back on the road in an attempt to
travel from Canada to Mexico on just 14 gallons of gas.
September 5, 2010                                        Visitors per Month: 500

   A 1984 Designed Diesel Avion Returns 119.1 MPG in 1478
                            Miles




Craig Henderson drove 1,478 miles from from Blaine, Washington, to Mexico without
stopping to refuel, burning just 12.4 gallons of diesel for a stunning 119.1 mpg.

And he did it in a car he originally designed in 1984.

Henderson rolled into Chula Vista, California, at the wheel of the Avion four days after
he left home. The Avion is a car he built with Bill Green 26 years ago as a prototype
high-mileage vehicle he hoped to sell. The business floundered, but Henderson never
abandoned the Avion. Over the years he’s kept tinkering with it, improving its powertrain
and aerodynamics.

The car was built with two things in mind: light weight and aerodynamics. To hit the
featherweight 1,500-pound target, the car uses an aluminum monocoque frame with steel
crash and suspension subframes at the front and rear.

The body — of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass — is riveted and bonded to the body,
yielding a very stiff vehicle. An 800cc diesel engine is transversely mounted behind the
driver and powers the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox.

Because it’s so light and aerodynamic, the car needs just three to four horsepower to
maintain 55 mph. That’s perfect for the tiny diesel to chug along while only sipping fuel.
Henderson recently landed a sponsorship from Goodyear, so he’s installed a set of the
company’s low-rolling resistance Fuel Max tires and has been averaging about 115 mpg.

				
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