More about Basjoos’ 95 MPG Aerocivic…

by Benjamin Jones on February 7, 2008

Basjoos's Aerocivic

If you haven’t heard by now, there’s a guy named Mike Turner who’s doing what most people would at first think impossible: getting 95 MPG in an old Civic. How did he achieve such an outstanding feat? Ecodriving and aeromodding.

An Forum member, Mike is well known for being one of the first to step out on a limb and make some radical modifications to his car. And better than just radical modifications, Mike’s had radical results, “95 mpg is what I typically get while driving at a constant speed from 30 to 65 mph on a flat road in 80 degree F temperatures with well broken-in tires.”

The most shocking thing, when hearing the 95 MPG figure, is perhaps that Mike is driving a 15 year old car, which was built long before hybrids even saw the market.

It would certainly be fair to say that Mike is now famous within the ecomodding community for his extensive modifications. Many of us (myself included), just don’t have the guts to go the extra mile, and we applaud his efforts for showing us how worth it it can be.

Mike combined highly-honed ecodriving skills with innovative aeromods to get the full package. At first, he began with engine-off coasting, driving with load (setting a target fuel economy and attempting to reach it at all costs), feathered acceleration, and plain old slowing down.

On the aeromodding side of things, as you can see in the original thread, Mike has decked out his car from the nose cone to the side skirts to the full boattail. For more pictures, see the bottom of the post.

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From behind:
Basjoos's Aerocivic

The nosecone:

Basjoos's Aerocivic

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1 Cubicle Dropout February 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Sweet! I knew the old civics could get 50mpg or so, but I had no idea something like this was possilbe. Rock on!

2 Velvet Verbosity February 7, 2008 at 11:10 pm

For some reason this reminds me of the Delorian in Back to the Future. Lol. That’s awesome!

3 thirteenthcor February 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

Counting Engine-off coasting is cheating, because that doesn’t impact, nor is part of, the performance, or the efficiency of the vehicle. However, the Driving Skills, Body Modifications, and Engine-Feathering are all very useful and valid skills, and for that I commend.

However, I recommend seeing what you can do with a light European or Japanese Diesel, Converting it to Bio-Diesel, Keeping these same Skills, and reduce the weight of the car as much as possible… You might just be able to break the 100 MPG barrier.

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