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Drag reduction modifications in wind tunnel: Audi A2 from Cd 0.288 to 0.204   Drag reduction modifications in wind tunnel: Audi A2 from Cd 0.288 to 0.204
By Vekke - 53 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

How to properly test modifications (AKA: don   How to properly test modifications (AKA: don't believe every MPG claim you read)
Here on EcoModder we see a lot of claims made about the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of specific modifications. It's an understatement to say not all claims are made equal. It all depends on how rigorous the test is.
By MetroMPG - 116 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Echo-Troll Modding Thread (2005 Toyota Echo)   Echo-Troll Modding Thread (2005 Toyota Echo)
Follow the progress of an extensive aeromodding project on a 2005 Toyota Echo 1.5L , 5-speed. EPA : 30 City \ 38 HWY \ 33 Combined MPG (US). Modified MPG: 60 to 75 MPG in a 4.3 mile commute \ 60 to 67 mpg on the highway.
By echo-francis - 324 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures   Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures
Increased air pressure reduces a tire's rolling resistance - but is more pressure always better? Coast-down distances are measured for three different kinds of tires, with pressures ranging from 20 through 70 psi.
By MetroMPG - 116 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here   Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here's how I did it.)
MetroMPG walks us through his recent experience of teaching individual "non-hypermilers" about ecodriving. With just an hour-long session, each driver's results showed an immediate increase in fuel economy above their car's EPA ratings.
By MetroMPG - 112 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

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 - 180 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !   The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !
In the 90's, the super light Citro├źn AX diesel held a Guinness record as the most efficient production car available, capable of 65 mpg (US) at 56 mph (90 km/h). HypermilerAX's modifications have already improved this to 80 mpg (US) at 56 mph. Now he's aiming for 90 mpg to beat the 1994 "AX Eco" concept car, and is also eyeing a 100 mpg tank (2000 km).
By HypermilerAX - 131 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central


Taller Tire Test (5.7% MPG increase observed on Honda CR-Z @ 55-65 MPH)   Taller Tire Test (5.7% MPG increase observed on Honda CR-Z @ 55-65 MPH)
The purpose of the test was to determine whether larger diameter tires, which result in lower engine RPM and higher load for a given speed, can improve gas mileage. The test car has a 6-speed manual transmission. At highway speeds (55-65 MPH), the larger tires gave a 5.7% average increase in MPG. The engine ran about 200 RPM lower.
By SecondWind - 72 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

CarBEN EV5 Full Sized Prototype Construction - 5 Seat Electric Car From Scratch   CarBEN EV5 Full Sized Prototype Construction - 5 Seat Electric Car From Scratch
NeilBlanchard has begun the construction process to build the full-sized prototype of his aerodynamic 5-passenger electric car he's nicknamed "CarBEN EV5". The prototype is being assembled with rigid foam sheets cut on a CNC machine.
By NeilBlanchard - 732 replies
In forum: DIY / How-to

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 - 330 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Lean burn Honda Civic sedan: 93 Civic d15z1 swap into LX 4 door (VLX)   Lean burn Honda Civic sedan: 93 Civic d15z1 swap into LX 4 door (VLX)
4-door efficiency: slownugly is buttoning up this project where he took the lean burn engine from the iconic Civic VX and swapped it into a sedan body. "Goals: 50 MPG average while maintaining stock appearance. It will be the economy sedan Honda never made in this generation."
By slownugly - 182 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Automatically actuated grill block - Mk3   Automatically actuated grill block - Mk3
Daox designs an automatically actuated grill shutter. The design is nearly fully 3d printed and controlled via an arduino.
By Daox - 139 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Recumbent Honda 90   Recumbent Honda 90
Ironside customizes and aeromods his Honda 90 motorcycle into a recumbent.
By Ironside - 164 replies
In forum: Motorcycles / Scooters

t vago   t vago's MPGuino workspace thread, continued
Check out t vago's continuous enhancement of the multi-featured MPGuino fuel economy computer / gauge.
By t vago - 166 replies
In forum: OpenGauge / MPGuino FE computer

Tall tire test (taller gearing advantage offset by wider, heavier wheels/tires?)   Tall tire test (taller gearing advantage offset by wider, heavier wheels/tires?)
Taller tires mean reduced cruising RPM, which is good for fuel economy. But what if the taller wheels/tires are also wider (which increases aero drag) and heavier? SentraSE-R tested his Scion Xb to find the answer.
By SentraSE-R - 97 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

"Short-shifting" a Jeep Patriot & Audi A4 CVT (forcing early "upshift") saves gas   "Short-shifting" a Jeep Patriot & Audi A4 CVT (forcing early "upshift") saves gas
Does your car's automatic transmission have flappy paddles? What about a manual shift gate or shift buttons on the steering wheel? If so, you may be able to save fuel by wresting control from the computer over your upshifts. MetroMPG shares his experience in a Jeep and an Audi.
By MetroMPG - 16 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

Project 100 (custom enclosed Honda C90 targets 100 mph vmax and 100 km/L FE)   Project 100 (custom enclosed Honda C90 targets 100 mph vmax and 100 km/L FE)
Forum member visionary is custom-building an enclosed motorcycle with the goal of achieving 100+ mpg at its cruising speed of 70 mph, from an engine displacement of 100 cc.
By visionary - 385 replies
In forum: Motorcycles / Scooters

PICS! Econo Car conversion to Kubota Diesel.  1997 Geo Metro, Kubota D1005 3 cylinder   PICS! Econo Car conversion to Kubota Diesel. 1997 Geo Metro, Kubota D1005 3 cylinder
Planejob is making great progress on dieselizing his Metro. His goal: "I want something that seats 3, sounds like a tractor, gets great mileage, and looks insane (aero mods)." No doubt that's going to happen.
By planejob - 238 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

How to Winterize Your Car EcoModder Style   How to Winterize Your Car EcoModder Style
Check out our list of things to do to winterize your car. Add your own info and thoughts too!
By Daox - 45 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Urba Centurion Update - (Kubota diesel, 100+ MPG in mixed driving - Fall 2012 on)   Urba Centurion Update - (Kubota diesel, 100+ MPG in mixed driving - Fall 2012 on)
Changzuki describes the progress of this diesel-powered custom car, with Triumph Spitfire manual transmission and rear differential. Top speed from the 850 cc Kubota is 65 mph, and it's returning 100+ MPG in mixed driving.
By changzuki - 694 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central





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