Yes, in real life... size, speed, cost, consumption, and emissions matter a great deal. While a pedal car or bicycle might best this rig in all of those categories, those wouldn't meet the qualifications for this competition. If you were hoping to find them competing for your spending capital, i'm sorry... they were not. The effort was to spur creativity, research, and development... which it did quite successfully.
I know i shouldn't have responded to this... but somehow trolls always get the best of me.
Trolls always be troll'n, Russ. always be troll'n