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Old 04-09-2011, 07:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A frenchie here

I've been driving on a daily basis since July 2010, making about 20.000+ miles a year. Since the fuel prices are very high here in France/Europe ($7.20 for diesel, up to $9 for gasoline) I've begun to hypermile. My father has been hypermiling since the fuel price peak in 2008 and he's been a source of inspiration for me.
My everyday commuting journeys basically consist of 70 km of highway/country roads with no obstacles except a few roundabouts and 2 traffic lights. I drive no faster than 80-90 km/h and take the roundabounts without braking at all by coasting up to 800 m before them. Same for the traffic lights. I do also some coasting in the descents (where I do not exceed 100 km/h so it's not dangerous) and do not try to keep my speed when the road goes up.
These techniques permitted me to achieve 65,5 MPG (3,59 L/100 km) with a 1991 Peugeot 205 turbo diesel and 74 MPG (3,18 L/100 km) with a 1999 Peugeot 106 diesel.
I have recently bought a 1995 CitroŽn AX for 800€. The car was once in the Guinness World Records book for being the most economical production car, consuming as less as 3,3 L/100 km.
I will tune the car to make it more economical, I expect to hit 85 MPG.

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