The Automotive X-Prize competition is jumping the gun this year and will be unveiling all 43 entrant at the Detroit Auto Show next month. This is big news for the entrants because it will allow surveying of the competition three months prior to the actual beginning of the $10 million competition in March at the New York Auto Show.

X-Prize began as a somewhat farfetched competition to build space-bound aircrafts, but it has since evolved into many sub-categories, one being an automotive grouping that requires clean, efficient and most importantly, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 mpg. The actual X-Prize Automotive competition pits each vehicle through rigorous tests evaluation all aspects of the vehicle.

Pictured above is Aptera, what us gamblers would call the "lock" for the prize. Aptera is a $30,000 electric plug-in and plug-in hybrid capable for 300 mpg. [Click On Detroit]