For those who have read The Long Road to Paris, know that “Stewball”, the 1967 VW Bettle featured in the novel contains “radical technology- technology so revolutionary that oil-exporting counties, including Russia, want every trace of it destroyed, and China, lacking adequate energy resources, wants to steal it.” (copy from the back cover)
On pages 141-142, the inventor of the technology, Dietrich Otto, refers to his invention as “an energy cylinder” and offers no further explanation. Ed Talbot, the driver has already surmised the car is not using gasoline and when asked by Marie-Claire Levieux, his navigator, where does the gas that they have been putting in the car go, he proposes ( page 140) that “something in the muffler burns it off and it escapes via the exhaust system.”
Just where am I going with this? Well today we walked the Champs Elysees past the Citroen showroom. ( on our way to see the new Woody Allen film, I Love Rome) Inside was their newest “concept” car. Here is that car. It is beautiful I must say.
Their promotional copy says “It contains an electric drive train and is powered by a fuel cell. The water vapor is emitted via the exhaust.”
Here’s a big difference, citroen says this car has a top speed of 204 mph. “Stewball only reached a top speed of 100 mph when chased by the Chinese. (page 146). Who are you going to believe? Better buy the book because Citroen only has a ” concept car” while Stewball drove around the world! In the novel in 2008 and in reality in 2011.
Who are you going to believe? 🙂
Writing is such fun.