Tri-Hybrid Stealth » Latest News A Revolutionary Vehicle Wed, 10 Nov 2010 05:48:51 +0000 en hourly 1 Day Three – Colby, KS to Aspen, CO Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:30:57 +0000 admin Another crazy day!!!!  Up very early to get a good jump on the day.  So early, in fact, that when all of the teams were packed and ready to go – it was still dark!!!!!  So, we all went to breakfast and visited for a while and waited for daylight.  The Stealth took off, and only made it down the street before a chain came off!  Michael and Stephen helped Jay and Jesse get it back on again, and off Stealth went again.  After a few miles, the electric booster was acting up, and had to be repaired.  The Stealth went on down the road for a while, and then came to a hill.  The electric was acting up again, and without it, climbing is impossible.  The Stealth was almost to the top, but had slowed down just enough to catch the eye of a highway patrol.  He pulled Jay over, and informed him he had to go faster, or get off the interstate.  He managed to get going again, with a little help from Jesse!, and was cruising down the road until the clutch started smoking.  So, we loaded Stealth up on the trailer, and had to call around to find another electrically activated clutch.  We finally found one in Denver, so after making a couple of stops to buy more batteries, we headed to Denver and picked up the order.  From there we drove on to Aspen to catch up with Dirigo team.  We spent the night with Pat, a long time friend of Bill’s, and enjoyed the smells and sights of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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Photo Blog Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:44:16 +0000 admin

Jesse and Jay work to repair Stealth on the road to Aspen.

A moment at the summit. Aspen, Colorado

Leaving Aspen

Bound for the West Coast, coming off the Rockies

Stealth in Traffic

Jesse and Jay work with the Rally Green team to make a few minor repairs

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Day One – Knoxville, IA to Lincoln, NE Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:25:18 +0000 admin Day One – Knoxville, Iowa
The day started early, and after we said our goodbyes to our wonderful hosts, we headed over to the Sprint Car race track.  All three cars lined up on the track, and with the wave of the green flag by the mayor, they were off!  They all took a couple of laps around the track before heading out.  Jesse and Vicki had to stay behind and repair a flat tire on the trailer, with the help of the Dirigo team, Michael and Stephen. Stealth went a ways down the road, and then the electrically activated clutch burned up. After some repairs and battery charging, Stealth was on the road again.  After a while, Stealth was pulled over again, only to find this time the engine mount was broken! We loaded up and headed for our stop for the night – Lincoln, NE.

Day Two – Lincoln, Nebraska

Crazy day!!!’. Jay had to find a welder to repair the broken engine mount, and after that was done he went back to the hotel literally dragging the trailer in to the parking lot – bearings went out on thetrailer wheel! The bearings melted to the axle, and had to be ground off! It took two more hours to find all parts and finish repairs. Thirty miles down the road the Murano basically shut down and we thought the engine was blown. Jesse looked under the hood and found the intake hose loose! He tightened it up and the car ran great!! Trip was saved! On to Kansas to spend the night and catch up with the
other Rally Green guys!

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Inventor Drives for United Way Thu, 12 Aug 2010 19:12:16 +0000 admin  

Jay Perdue demonstrates his Tri-Hybrid Stealth in a send-off press conference held by the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. Perdue will be using the vehicle to collect donations for 26 United Way agencies across the country.

August 12, 2010 

Tri-Hybrid Stealth is a bit of a contradiction in terms since the homemade, high-mileage vehicle will be used to raise green awareness and promote the United Way.

The odd-looking, three-wheeled machine is intended to draw attention primarily to the dependence on foreign oil and American’s resistance to change.

“This country’s dependence on foreign oil has got to stop,” local inventor Jay Perdue said Wednesday at the offices of the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, where he kicked off his coming cross-country trek. “Two-thirds of the U.S. trade deficit is in foreign oil.”

On Aug. 15, Perdue, who owns Perdue Acoustics in Erin, will participate in the cross-country Rally Green race for amateur-built vehicles designed to achieve more than 50 miles per gallon. He plans to include a return trip that ends in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13.

“Stealth” refers to the three-wheeled vehicle’s flat-panel shape, which resembles the stealth bomber, Perdue said. “Tri-Hybrid” denotes that it is powered by pedal, electric motor and diesel engine.

Along his trip, Perdue will collect donations for 26 United Way agencies in a “pass it forward” fashion. He’ll pass around a large plastic jug at stops for contributions from bystanders, then give the contents to the next United Way he visits.

“His wife Vicki is one of our board members,” said Beckie Moore, executive director of the local United Way. “She encouraged him to look at United Way and put a plan in place of how to help.”

Jay Perdue said the Tri-Hybrid Stealth also reflects the three pillars of the United Way — education, finance and health.

He said students from elementary age to college ”have climbed all over” the vehicle, asking questions and learning about the technology, aerodynamics and energy-efficient concepts.

“The U.S. has 4 percent of the earth’s population, but we consume 25 percent of the earth’s resources,”he said, adding that America is a “me, my, mine society” that needs to downsize. “We need to change that mindset. We need to change attitudes about fuel-efficient cars.”

By reducing fuel consumption, people save money, which goes to the United Way’s finance leg.

Wes Nolen, who is helping with promotions, said today’s cars average 22.5 mpg. Increasing the  
mileage to 60 mpg could save a car owner $1,100 per year.

“If you invested that money in the stock market each year starting as a teenager, you could retire a millionaire,” he said.

Part of the Tri-Hybrid’s propulsion is supplied by human power, which improves the drivers’ health.

A pedal mechanism at the front turns a modified alternator, which keeps 14 lawn-tractor batteries charged. In turn, the batteries power an electric motor that can propel the 875-pound vehicle from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds.

When the car reaches 20 mph, a highly fuel efficient diesel engine, fed by only a one-gallon tank, takes over to bring it up to highway speed. The maximum is currently 80 mph, but Perdue believes he can reach 100.

He has achieved 320 mpg in a smaller, single-seat version, but he projects 160 mpg for the two-seater that will head out to Knoxville, Iowa, soon.

After participating in a parade for that town’s famous sprint car race, Perdue will be one of three competitors in the Rally Green, a six-day race to San Francisco. Next, he will travel to Los Angeles, where he hopes for appearances on television programs.

The 3,000-mile return trip will cross the Mojave Desert a second time and pass through Clarksville around Labor Day weekend before continuing to Washington.

Perdue is not looking for a major car manufacturer to pick up his idea for mass production, but rather would like to see the average handyman build his own with available motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle components.

“Somebody with limited tools and limited knowledge can build one for $6,000 to $7,000 in about a month,” he said. “It has a metal frame and flat panels. You just cut everything to shape and screw it together.”

Following his trip, Perdue said, he will be working with the Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson to design plans for building the vehicle.

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News Channel 5 Interview Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:52:57 +0000 admin


By Brent Frazier 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Like any boy with a curious mind, Jay Perdue has fond memories of being inquisitive as a child. He removed the engine in his model train set and placed it in a much less speed worthy Barbie Dream Car. 

Perdue was laying the ground work for a career as an inventor. 

“I’m making electricity right now,” said the 55-year-old native of Erin. 

He pedaled outside the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. He was not seated on a bicycle, but sandwiched inside his latest creation: an aerodynamic, not so aesthetic, homemade Tri-Hybrid Stealth car. 

“I would say a stealth fighter without wings,” is how Perdue would describe the funny-looking contraption to someone who could not see it. 

Perdue is about to embark on a 5,000-mile, cross country trek to raise money and to raise awareness about national issues like the trade deficit, the environment, the country’s dependence on foreign oil and physical fitness. 

“I can pedal while sitting at a stoplight, or I can pedal at 70 miles an hour,” Perdue explained, justifying the “tri” in the name of his road-ready creation. 

The car is mobilized by three power sources: diesel fuel, electricity and human exertion. Perdue assures pedaling is completely optional, but it does help charge the 46 lithium ion phosphate batteries that generate a total of 80 volts. 

Perdue’s traveling companion, appropriately nicknamed “Stealth,” is fully insured, licensed and road ready. He’s never been pulled over by a police officer, but he’s always able to turn heads. Jay Perdue hopes to also change minds and sell the fuel efficient car concept to an auto maker like Ford or GMC. 

His trip, set to begin August 15, and dubbed “Pass It Forward,” will take him first to Knoxville, Iowa, the sprint car capital of the world; then to San Francisco; then to Los Angeles; and back through Nashville on or about September 7; then eventually winding up in Washington DC. 

Perdue will be collecting money along his route, and donating every dime to the upcoming chapter of the United Way. 

“Whenever I get to Little Rock I’ll be collecting money all the way from Little Rock to Memphis, and giving it to Memphis United Way,” explained Perdue. “From Memphis to Clarksville, I’ll be collecting and giving it to Clarksville.” 

This is the perfect time to be charitable toward the United Way, according to Beckie Moore, the executive director of the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. 

“All the United Ways – you will never find one to turn money down,” said Moore. “Especially in this day and time when the economy is so tough, and then, with just – in Tennessee, especially – and other states that have had the floods.” 

Moore and Perdue have become fast friends in the midst of his latest endeavor. He hopes all of America will support him as he sets out to see the country in an unusual space-age looking contraption that can: travel at speeds of 100 mph; get 200 miles to the gallon of diesel fuel; average a travel distance of 400 miles per day, with one overnight battery charge; is 10 times more fuel efficient than the vehicles America drives; and weighs about one-quarter of a standard sport utility vehicle.

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CBS Nashville moved to Sunday PM!! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 02:30:03 +0000 admin CBS Nashville called this afternoon and said they had been editing the story all day and it is so good they want to hold it until Sunday PM. They said it was their biggest “viewership” night and they thought the story was the top of the week! Very exciting for the Stealth team but sorry for the inconvenience! Jay

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Perdue to take ‘Stealth’ car on nationwide test drive Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:36:11 +0000 admin

July 13, 2010


Jay Perdue is ready for the second phase of his Stealth project.

Perdue, inventor and part-time Erin resident, has been working for about 16 months on an unconventional, high-mileage car he calls the “Tri-Hybrid Stealth.”

The “tri” part of the name stems from the vehicle’s three power sources — diesel, electrical and human — and the Stealth from the car’s black, flat-panel appearance that recalls the U.S. Air Force’s stealth fighter jet.

“We’re in the prototype stage,” Perdue said, “and the next phase is to raise public awareness of the car.”

To that end, Perdue plans to drive the Stealth beginning Aug. 15 in the 2,000-mile Rally Green from Lincoln, Iowa, to San Francisco.

After that, he’ll embark on a 3,000-mile solo tour that will take him all over America — including through Erin — to a grand finale in Washington D.C.

Along the way, he’ll be collecting donations for the United Way with a theme of “pass it forward.”

His ultimate goal, he said, is for the Stealth to be marketed by a major motorcycle manufacturer.

I think it’s the best way to manufacture the Stealth for the American consumer, he said.

He figures the Stealth would sell for about $8,000 in its finished form.

“No component on the car,” he said, “costs more than $700.”

From now until the rally, Perdue will be “running the car all around Erin.”

Running, not puttering.

“We’re so close to achieving our goals for the car, which are:

zero to 60 in 10 seconds,
100 mile-per-hour top speed,
200 miles per gallon,
a 400-mile range to running all day long.”
Perdue said he has invested about $100,000 in the project so far, financed by his business, Perdue Acoustics of Erin and his native Amarillo, Texas, which manufactures and distributes architectural acoustic panels.

The project, which has been featured on the Discovery Channel, is in keeping with one of Perdue’s philosophies as an inventor.

“I just love,” he said, “to kill several chickens with one rock.”

The Stealth, Perdue said, “answers four or five of our biggest problems,” which he listed as the trade deficit, dependence on foreign oil, pollution, the overall economy and fitness.


“If I had to pick a main objective, it would be fitness,” Perdue said.

That’s where the human power comes in, as the Stealth has pedals — not so much for locomotion as cardiovascular stimulation.

Perdue explained:

“We desperately need exercise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 90 to 95 percent of the people who have home fitness equipment or pay dues for membership in a health club, don’t use them. It just doesn’t fit into their day.

“They could pedal on their way home from work, at highway speed. You get your cardiovascular on your way home, take a shower and be done for the day.

“If we do that, and this is also from the Bureau of Statistics, we would need half the hospitals we have now. Can you imagine what it would be like if we went to the hospital only half as much as we do now?”

Perdue will be supported during his travels by his wife, Vickie, who will follow with a flatbed trailer in case mechanical problems are encountered, and by assistant Wes Nolen of Erin.

Nolen designed and maintains the Web site, helps Perdue with engineering the car, and is the project’s liaison with United Way.

Perdue likes the product of their labors, saying the Stealth has “tremendous power and speed.”

It also is light for a car, weighing 875 pounds, and isn’t all that complicated.

“It isn’t rocket science … just simple, logical engineering,” said Perdue, who classifies himself as “a very practical inventor.”

The car’s design is so fundamental, in fact, that Perdue said he is considering producing plans and kits for buyers to use in assembling their own Stealths.

Perdue came to Erin about four years ago to establish a second site for his Amarillo-based company, which does a lot of business back east. He decided on Nashville as his eastern hub and found a home in the 56,000-square-foot Erin building that formerly housed Southern Gage.

He and his wife maintain residences in Erin and Amarillo, where his parents, son and daughter-in-law live.

Perdue conceived the Stealth project three or four years ago, and for more than a year has worked on it “eight to 12 hours a day, five days a week.”

Not all is perfect.

“We’ve still got some vibration problems, so we need to make some aerodynamic adjustments.”

Perdue said the Stealth has an aerodynamic coefficient of 1.3 to 1.4, about a full point lower than conventional cars.

He said the Stealth, is “100 percent adaptable to heating and air conditioning” and eventually could be expanded to three- or four-seat models. Mileage would be affected by accessories and size.

On the prototype, all the components are under Plexiglas to make them visible to students and technicians when they are afforded the chance to observe or study the car.

Perdue will turn 56 in September, “somewhere on the road” during his trip from San Francisco to Washington. He’s hoping not too many more birthdays will pass before a major manufacturer gets behind the Stealth.

“If the big (car) companies don’t want it,” he said, “we’re hoping one of the big motorcycle companies will step up for a good three-wheel, tandem-seat, enclosed vehicle.”

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Stealth and Independence! Sun, 04 Jul 2010 04:58:08 +0000 admin Happy Independence day! Stealth is representing independence more and more every day. Independence from foreign oil, independence from “usual” transportation, and independence from a sedentary lifestyle! I finally have some numbers for you. I promised to publish the good, the bad, and the ugly, so here it is. I must preface this information with a few disclaimers, because I know this is just the beginning and I know we will get better and better numbers and quickly. The vehicle had a fender down on the brake caliper dragging the left front brake. The front wheels are still “hopping” and not giving us a good smooth roll. We have some more work to be done on aerodynamics and we have a lot of “tweaking” to do, but in spite of all of this we’re getting 130 mpg at 60! mph {remember EPA highway miles are figured at 48! a HUGE difference and equates to 150 to 160mpg}, 0 to 50 in 10 seconds, climbing hills respectfully and topping out over 70 mph. Again, all this will get better quickly now, but for first numbers with lots of problems, we’re really pretty encouraged that we will meet or exceed all our original goals. I’ve had a lot of fun trips in Stealth close to home this week, and look forward to longer trips this next week and working out the imperfections. Thanks for keeping up with this and look on the Stealth website to see all that’s new and to see how close we might be to YOU in August or early September! Thanks again!! Jay

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Catch this on the NEWS today June 18th! Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:14:32 +0000 admin I just spent two hours with both the NBC affiliate and the FOX affiliate! The interview will air today at 5, 6 and 10 pm on the NBC affiliate. They tell us the long clip will be at 5 and they'll go live at 6 on NBC. Those two stations are NBC- KAMR Amarillo Channel 4, and FOX-KCIT Amarillo Channel 14, which will air at 9. If you have no way to link in they will post the scripts first and then the video sometime today and then tonight at We'll get it on the website here as soon as possible. Thanks! Jay ]]> 0 Team Stealth Thanks Future Machinists Mon, 31 May 2010 15:17:57 +0000 admin  

Jay Perdue, inventor of the Trihybrid Stealth, explains the engineering behind the vehicle to a group of 50 students studying to be machinists at the Tennessee Technology Center, in Dickson, Tenn.. "Everything about that car has come out of my head," Perdue said.


The Trihybrid Stealth team visited the Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson, Tenn. Thursday in an effort to thank them for their involvement in Stealth’s latest addition, the Wobblin Wheel. The TTC Machine Tool Technology Center specially machined a hub to fit the new wheels, a task that gave students and opportunity to machine a part on deadline for real-world use.

The Wobblin Wheel is a state-of-the-art wheel that is designed to create an optical illusion on the vehicle. When the wheel spins, it appears as if the wheel is going to violently wobble off the vehicle. Instead, the perfectly balanced wheel continues down the road, drawing attention from all who see it.

“It’s a completely new concept, and will change people’s ideas about the way they view wheels” said Jesse Perdue, inventor of the Wobblin Wheel. “The Stealth is the perfect test vehicle for the Wheel, because it attracts more attention than just a regular car.

To make this concept possible, the Stealth had to have specially designed hubs to fit the lug pattern of the Wobblin Wheel prototypes.  The Team chose TTC, believing the project was a win-win for  both the college and its students.

Jesse Perdue, inventor of the Wobblin Wheel, explain the concept of the wheel to a group of about 50 students.


“This was a great opportunity for our students to make something that is really going to be applied,” said Bob Collins, Instructor of the Machine Tool Technology Program. “The Stealth is a great project that the students are really excited about. It breaks the daily routine.”

Greg Fisher, 20, a student in the Machine Tool Tech Center, had the opportunity to work on the project. “It was definitely a job,” he said. “I think it will be like it is in the real world, no extra material and everything has to be just right.”

Although the new hub for the vehicle was an incredible accomplishment, the work on the Stealth is not finished. Collins and his students will be working in the near future to create 3D dimensions of the vehicle, while learning a new software program called SolidWorks.

The program will produce blueprints for the vehicle that will give the average person the plans he or she needs to build the vehicle in the their garage.

“We will be reverse engineering it to create a model that could be used to generate part prints,” said Collins. “We’re excited about this challenge, and hope our partnership on the Stealth will make a positive impact on Americans.”

Jay Perdue takes time to explain the aerodynamics of the Stealth to a group of students in the Machine Tool Technology center.

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