Local Firm Abandons X Prize Dream

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Brooklyn, Mich-   Local spice conglomerate Mas Guapo Foods has withdrawn its bid to compete for the Progressive Automotive X Prize, an international race to build a car that can travel 100 miles on a single gallon of fuel.  Corporate officials pulled the plug on the project last night after discouraging progress reports from team engineers.  The race is now in its final stage at the Michigan International Speedway and Team Mas Guapo had yet to present its entry to competition officials for fuel efficiency testing.  

“Truth be told, I don’t think that we ever really had a chance”, says Sven Tuebershoofson, former Volvo engineer and lead designer for Team Mas Guapo. “From our extensive efforts to design and build a spice-fueled internal combustion engine, we have come to the conclusion that Sazon Mas Guapo is versatile and delicious, but it is crap as an automobile fuel.”  

Team Mas Guapo was not the only local competitor contending for the elite prize.  Lynchburg entrepreneur and real estate developer Oliver Kuttner has submitted an impressive entry.  Kuttner’s team, called Edison2, has three vehicles competing in the final stage of the X Prize and is the sole team remaining in the competition’s mainstream category, which carries a $5 million prize.

“This has been a disappointing chapter and a learning experience for our entire organization, but it serves as a reminder of the importance of sticking to core competencies; Mas Guapo is a spice company and from now on, we will stick to making food taste better and making chefs more handsome.”