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Unread 09-02-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Craig Henderson drove from Blaine, Washington to the Mexican border a distance of 1,478 miles without stopping to refuel. He burned 12.4 gallons for a record-breaking 119.1 mpg in a car he originally designed in 1984.
From Canada To Mexico On One Tank of Diesel

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Wow.

That's nuts. That's like, 3/4 of a tank for me. Simple theory though - extremely low weight and aerodynamics.

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thats 1/4 of a tank of gas if I drive worse than an old lady.. half a tank if I goose it.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 06:16 PM   #4
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Crazy. And it doesn't even look that bad either. Reminds me of Ferrari's in the 70's.

God I want to put a powerful little 4cyl in the back of that thing, slap on some slicks and see what's what at the road course. 1500LBs oughtta translate into a decent corner carver too.
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I get ~550 miles on a tank in my Sonata (18 gallons) if I am traveling cross-country and there are no mountains involved.

I think he could make the car look more stylish and still have excellent mileage. It will obviously be cost-prohibitive with an aluminum frame and carbon-fiber body, but it's not like electric vehicles are sold cheap - let alone hybrids (albeit probably much cheaper than this car would be). Nevertheless, people buy ridiculously-expensive cars that don't get good mileage, so I really don't see why auto makers have effectively shunned it.

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Its amazing what a low drag coefficient will do. Thats why I get 38MPG on the highway in my Thunderbird with a .30 drag coefficient...

I get 15MPH in town tho because my car weighs 4000lbs and the gearing sucks... haha.
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and that's why I get less highway mileage than I do city mileage. Horray for brick on brick action!
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and that's why I get less highway mileage than I do city mileage. Horray for brick on brick action!
Haha, I wonder if my truck is really that much more aerodynamic than yours...

I get 15/19...
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