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VW Lupo 3L --> 2L   VW Lupo 3L --> 2L
Vekke has taken one of the world's most efficient cars and is modifying it extensively for even better results. "Best fuel consumption so far is 2.24 L/100km at 80 km/h average speed, which equals 105 MPG (US) at 50 MPH avg. speed."
By Vekke - 383 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)   Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)
Member seifrob made an online tool that overlays a streamlined template on an image of any vehicle to visualize the "ideal" extended low drag shape. Very useful for anyone considering building a drag-reducing Kamm back, full boat tail, box cavity, spoiler, etc.
By seifrob - 178 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Honda Insight Under-body Smoothing Panels (custom belly pan / undertray)   Honda Insight Under-body Smoothing Panels (custom belly pan / undertray)
This is an incredibly detailed effort to smooth out the underside of a first generation Honda Insight. After the modification, the owner says, "As for MPG, I seem to be getting about 7 MPG more than before. Average is about 81 MPG with 60 F temps, and this is over a full tank of gas."
By 3-Wheeler - 81 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed   15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
A collection of mosty small & inexpensive mods, from aerodynamic to electrical to gearing changes (through oversize tires) result in an average 15% mileage improvement in a 2007 Civic.
By MetroMPG - 47 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Dam, It works! (Air dam on Smart Fortwo: 3-4% MPG improvement)   Dam, It works! (Air dam on Smart Fortwo: 3-4% MPG improvement)
In addition to a clear lower grille block and smooth, black wheel covers, Chumly added and tested a simple air dam: "I just made an air dam out of some lawn edging. A-B-A testing shows 3.16% - 4.2% (avg 3.73%) better mileage. It took a whole half hour to make and install it, I should have done this a long time ago!"
By chumly - 50 replies
In forum: Success Stories

94 Caprice Wagon 5.7L project--46 MPG so far   94 Caprice Wagon 5.7L project--46 MPG so far
A huge boat of a vehicle modded to get some crazy good mileage.
By funkhoss - 75 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

208 km (129 mi.) in EV mode with a 2007 prius plugin 20kWh   208 km (129 mi.) in EV mode with a 2007 prius plugin 20kWh
Planetaire shares his very nice 2nd gen Prius PHEV conversion.
By planetaire - 33 replies
In forum: Hybrids


Another truck aero cap idea...   Another truck aero cap idea...
Follow the evolution of BamZipPow's aerodynamic cap for his 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup.
By BamZipPow - 381 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

1997 Civic CX to HX engine/VX trans swap! 63 MPG @ 62 MPH   1997 Civic CX to HX engine/VX trans swap! 63 MPG @ 62 MPH
When his 1997 Civic CX engine needed a lot of work, turbovr41991 decided to spend his repair time doing something different: he picked up a rusty Civic HX and swapped over the more efficient lean burn engine instead, and went with the more efficient gearing of the Civic VX. With a few other modifications in place, the car is returning seriously impressive highway fuel economy.
By turbovr41991 - 187 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Commercially produced aerodynamic pickup bed cap   Commercially produced aerodynamic pickup bed cap
Brett Herndon is a genuine craftsman who has combined his skill in clay modeling with his knowledge of aerodynamics to produce a professional quality aerodynamic truck cap which will literally pay for itself in gas savings. It's unlike anything you've seen before: it can be used as a big hatchback, transformed into a conventional box cap, or have its top removed to make room for oversize loads. Brett is taking his handiwork into commercial production, and is a success story waiting to happen.
By MetroMPG - 538 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Replace your car battery with capacitors!   Replace your car battery with capacitors!
A good discussion on replacing a starting battery with ultra capacitors in cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
By redneck - 314 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Recumbent Honda 90   Recumbent Honda 90
Ironside customizes and aeromods his Honda 90 motorcycle into a recumbent.
By Ironside - 155 replies
In forum: Motorcycles / Scooters

2005 Prius engine into 1986 MR2: mk1 1nzfxe Prius swap (gas only)   2005 Prius engine into 1986 MR2: mk1 1nzfxe Prius swap (gas only)
Mr220v informs us that used Prius engines are dirt cheap, and therefore fun to experiment with! He swapped one into an MR2, and using the Prius variable cam timing/Atkinson design, he now has variable compression on demand, via a push-button. He's still working out tuning, but fuel economy has gone up a healthy amount, from ~30 to 37 mpg (US).
By mr220v - 114 replies
In forum: Success Stories

Full-boat-tail trailer with gap-fillers for Toyota T-100 pickup   Full-boat-tail trailer with gap-fillers for Toyota T-100 pickup
Phil says: "The boat hull is far from ideal but using it will save hundreds of man-hours. Maybe 40 mpg HWY... we'll see. P.S. the trailer is large enough to serve as a rigid tent, for car-camping."
By aerohead - 357 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Heating the transmission with engine coolant   Heating the transmission with engine coolant
A good brainstorming discussion about methods for speeding up the warming of the transmission's gear oil.
By Daox - 127 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Staying cool with out air conditioning   Staying cool with out air conditioning
Oil pan 4 builds a liquid cooled seat to stay cool without air conditioning.
By oil pan 4 - 71 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Old square sedan kammback   Old square sedan kammback
Joris documents the construction and testing of a nicely made aluminum-skinned Kammback on his (very squared off) notchback Euro Volvo sedan. The addition is cleverly attached at the drip rails and hinged to preserve access to the factory trunk/boot.
By Joris - 74 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

02 G1 Insight with many ecomods- 999.6 mile tank @ 105 MPG   02 G1 Insight with many ecomods- 999.6 mile tank @ 105 MPG
The donkey CRX has another epic build, this time with his 1st generation Honda Insight.
By The donkey CRX - 133 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

1st Gen Toyota Tundra Aeroshell Build   1st Gen Toyota Tundra Aeroshell Build
Macskyver chronicles the building of his beautiful wooden aeroshell for his Toyota Tundra.
By Macskyver - 195 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Finally broke 60 mpg (bone stock   Finally broke 60 mpg (bone stock '95 Honda Civic VX)
New member Bugzilla scored a dealer-maintained, bone stock Civic VX and through driving technique alone surpassed 60 mpg (US) on his 4th tank. Next up: vehicle mods!
By Bugzilla - 12 replies
In forum: Success Stories





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