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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The sponsors of the One Million Dollar HHO Challenge have chosen to postpone the competition.
This decision is based on the effects of the global economic recession and the massive crash in the price of oil.
Like many people right now, they've chosen to keep their hands in their pockets and cut spending until the world's economies improve. I've been asked to make it very clear that this is not in any way a suggestion that they believe the HHO technology is viable but simply a reflection of the global economy and decline in oil prices.
When the challenge is dusted off and reinstated, this site will be updated with another announcement.
Since I originally published my pages debunking the science behind HHO and exposing these schemes as blatant frauds, I've had hundreds of emails from scammers who insist that *they* are getting the claimed "40% improvement in gas mileage".
Well I'm calling their bluff by announcing the One Million Dollar HHO Challenge.
If these people really do have the secret to improving your gas-mileage by 40% or (as some scammers claim - even "doubling your gas mileage" then here's their chance to strike it rich!
To win the money, all you have to do is fit an HHO system to a late model car (already in good condition and tune) so that a consistent 25% or greater improvement in fuel economy is obtained and maintained for six months, without causing any damage to the engine.
Now this should be a very easy challenge for Ozzie Freedom and the people from Run Your Car With Water -- or indeed, any of their thousands of affiliates.
The car will be tuned, checked and prepared by an authorized dealer for the make and model concerned and driven for a month in typical freeway and around-town conditions. The fuel consumption and distance covered will be used to calculate a base-line "real-world" mpg figure.
It will also be submitted to an independent university for testing and establishing a base-line laboratory fuel-consumption figure.
It will then be fitted with the HHO system and re-tested by the university.
For a six month period, it will be driven on the highway and around town, with careful track kept of the distance covered and the gasoline used to fill its tank.
At one month intervals it will be re-tested by the university to provide a spot-comparison with the baseline figures.
At the end of six months, the total mileage and fuel consumed will be calculated to provide a "real world" fuel-efficiency figure.
If either the lab figures or the real-world figures show a 25% or more improvement in fuel efficiency for the six month period after the fitting of the HHO system, the engine will be torn down and examined for any damage that could be produced by an excessively lean-burn.
Any system that fails emissions tests as a result of the addition of the HHO system will be disqualified from the challenge.
If it is given a clean bill of health, the $1m will be paid.
In the event of more than one challenger reaching or breaching the 25% improvement figure, the one who provides the greatest savings will be deemed the winner and receive the $1m.
Those wishing to enter the challenge will have to pay a US$5,000 entry fee, which is obviously pocket-change compared to the $1m that is on offer and will cover the costs associated with running the challenge.
Now I really don't expect anyone to accept this challenge (but I am prepared in the event that they do).
Why won't they accept this challenge?
Because they know full-well that the claims being made are false and that nobody can deliver what is being promised.
But at least now the world will be able to see whether the scammers have enough faith in their product to put their money where their mouth is -- or whether they, by default, admit their claims are false.
And for those wondering where the one million dollars will come from... I have a number of investors who will be more than happy to front up with the prize-money if the threshold of 25% improvement in fuel efficiency can be achieved.
Full details of the challenge will be posted here shortly but I invite all those who want a shot at the $1m to pre-register their willingness to take part by sending me a messge through the contact page.
I'll post a running total of those who are prepared to accept the challenge right here for the world to see:
Will any of those who make such bold claims be prepared to take this challenge, and if they don't... what does that say about the veracity of those claims?
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