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Old 08-06-2009, 08:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Josie - '87 Toyota Pickup
90 day: 27.96 mpg (US)

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Well, this contest is already won. Somebody just needs to roll up in a Quickie II. If I recall correctly - and this is information I'm trying to dredge up from the 80s, so bits may have fallen through the flashback holes - the Q2 delivered over 80mpg, carried 2, and cruised around 135mph. The prototype used a two-cylinder engine cut down from a VW 1600. It wasn't a fast plane by any means, but I don't care how you measure, if you can average over 100mph in a straight line vs. 60mph on roads, you're gonna get there sooner.

Did somebody at NASA totally forget that people having building planes for a long time? There's a lot of really thrifty models out there. How about a Cessna 182 RG (my personal favorite, one of the most attractive highwing designs I've ever seen) - I think it'll carry four and deliver 30mpg - that's 120 passenger miles per gallon.

Lead or follow. Either is fine.
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