As Americans we all like to win from a "dollar and a dream" to "you never know." Occasionally some kind of competition takes place where the spectators are the ones who really win.
In 2009 a car race will take place sponsored by Automotive XPrize. This race will involve cars that are commercially producible and will get 100 miles to the gallon of gas or its equivalent. The winning team will get a multi-million dollar prize (probably not enough to recover their development costs) but they will also have the honor and the publicity of producing a technology that could free us from the stranglehold of the oil industry, save our environment, and potentially change the direction of the future. And then the free market will take over. And if anyone gets anywhere near the goal, we'll all be winners! Cool!