AMP Advances to Knockout Qualifying Stage of the $10 Million Progressive
Insurance Automotive X PRIZE
Passes Shakedown Stage On-Track Performance Tests
Blue Ash, OH (PRWEB) May 17, 2010 -- Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (AMP), a company engaged in
the all-electric, emission-free conversion of new vehicles, announced today that the AMP electric racer has
advanced to the “Knockout” Qualifying Stage of the intense multi-stage Progressive Insurance Automotive X
PRIZE competition. The competition will pit some of the world’s most fuel efficient vehicles against one another
in a quest to win their share of a $10 million prize.
AMP advanced to the Knockout Qualifying Stage by passing the on-track performance shakedown tests
conducted at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in late April. Tests included: 0 to 60 acceleration, braking,
durability, as well as a collision avoidance safety test.
Steve Burns, CEO of AMP, stated, "We were pleased that Consumer Reports participated in the qualification of
these vehicles during the Shakedown Stage – such intense scrutiny can only serve to further validate these
vehicles as safe, reliable and highway capable. “
When the competition started in February 2009, 111 teams from 11 countries applied for entry. In order to
advance, teams first qualified by passing a design review and the scrutiny of the X PRIZE judging panel, which
includes some of the country’s leading engineers. With the Shakedown Stage complete, AMP is one of 22 teams
to advance to the Knockout Qualifying Stage of the competition.
Mr. Burns continued, “Our 100% electric conversions of both the well-engineered GM Saturn Sky and full-size
the 2010 GM Chevy Equinox are exactly what consumers are wanting to buy - viable super-efficient vehicles that
are ideal for everyday use.”
The Knockout Stage will commence June 20th at MIS. In order to pass this stage and advance to the Finals Stage
of the competition event, AMP must demonstrate that its racer can achieve at least two-thirds of the stated 100