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    DescriptionAn epic tale of invention, in which ordinary people's lives are changed forever by their quest to engineer a radically new kind of car In 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced that it would give $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that could travel 100 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The challenge attracted more than one hundred teams from all over the world, including dozens of amateurs. Many designed their cars entirely from scratch, rejecting decades of thinking about what a car should look like. Jason Fagone follows four of those teams from the build stage to the final race and beyond--into a world in which destiny hangs on a low drag coefficient and a lug nut can be a beautiful talisman. The result is a gripping story of crazy collaboration, absurd risks, colossal hopes, and poignant losses. In an old pole barn in central Illinois, childhood sweethearts hack together an electric-powered dreamboat, using scavenged parts, forging their own steel, and burning through their life savings. In Virginia, an impassioned entrepreneur and his hand-picked squad of speed freaks pool their imaginations and build a car so light that you can push it across the floor with your thumb. In West Philly, a group of disaffected high school students come into their own as they create a hybrid car with the engine of a Harley motorcycle. And in Southern California, the early favorite--a start-up backed by millions in venture capital--designs a car that looks like an alien egg. "Ingenious "is a joyride. Fagone takes us into the garages and the minds of the inventors, capturing the fractious yet beautiful process of engineering a bespoke machine. Suspenseful and bighearted, this is the story of ordinary people risking failure, economic ruin, and ridicule to create something vital that Detroit had never pulled off. As the Illinois team wrote in chalk on the wall of their barn, "SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US."

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    A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America
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    By (author) Jason Fagone
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 717 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307591487
    ISBN 10: 0307591484

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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Random House USA Inc
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    Publication date
    18 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jason Fagone writes about science, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in "Wired," "GQ," "Men's Journal," "The New York Times Magazine," "The Atlantic," "Slate," "Esquire," "Philadelphia," and the 2011 edition of "The Best American Sports Writing." He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and daughter. This is his second book.
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    A "Mother Jones" Best Book of 2013 "Fagone's reporting is as personal as it is scientific, and he spends as much time getting a sense for the inventors as for the invented. His focus, we come to see, is less about the relationship between piston and crankshaft and more about father and son, teacher and teen, rival and rival...Although there is plenty here to interest those who spend their weekends tinkering under their car in an oil-stained driveway, the book is at its core a story of Lindbergh-esque triumph of man over machine." "--The Miami Herald" "A paean to the long-lost American art of invention, "Ingenious "is a story that has all the built-in drama of the best fiction. It's driven by characters that are, by turns, whip smart and wide-eyed and desperate, and a plot to achieve a seemingly unobtainable goal...Fagone does an impeccable job of conveying the angst of teams that had literally put everything on the line - their livelihoods, their marriages, their financial, emotional and physical well-being...A thought-provoking book that will appeal to automotive efficiency geeks and readers who long for America's can-do past." "--The Orange County Register" "The real story "Ingenious" tells is about the deep strain of hope, fortified with elbow grease, in the American character. Jason Fagone is a generous, clear-eyed writer, and this is an exhilarating, beautifully engineered book." --Benjamin Wallace, author of "The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine" " " "The most accurate term, the literary term, for Jason Fagone's new book is awesome. It's also fabulous, in both senses of the word, for the cars and creators of "Ingenious "work in grand and fantastical realms of the imagination. Only for the time being, though. Read this splendidly wrought book now for that rarest of views, a genuinely hopeful glimpse of things to come." --Jeff Sharlet, author of "Sweet Heaven When I Die" and