Old man, look at my ride

Here’s one Kansas mechanic-savant’s technique for bridging the red/blue state stereotypes: huge cars with great mileage.

This is the sort of work that’s making Goodwin famous in the world of underground car modders. He is a virtuoso of fuel economy. He takes the hugest American cars on the road and rejiggers them to get up to quadruple their normal mileage and burn low-emission renewable fuels grown on U.S. soil—all while doubling their horsepower. The result thrills eco-evangelists and red-meat Americans alike: a vehicle that’s simultaneously green and mean. And word’s getting out. In the corner of his office sits Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 Jeep Wagoneer, which Goodwin is converting to biodiesel; soon, Neil Young will be shipping him a 1960 Lincoln Continental to transform into a biodiesel—electric hybrid.

His target for Young’s car? One hundred miles per gallon.


from “Motorhead Messiah,” by Clive Thompson, Fast Company, November 2007 :: via NYTimes.com Ideas blog

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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