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Old 12-30-2007, 10:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe the Suzuki drivetrain he's referring to is the 993cc version from the Geo Metro (& various clones). Could he go smaller? Yes, but that's the smallest most commonly available automobile engine in North America. (Though there's always the motorcycle fleet to pick through for smaller engines...)

I did a quick search for "Shrike", and this is what I found:

Norton "Shrike"

My goal for the Shrike was to achieve a unique balance of competing factors, suitable to my own tastes with almost no thought of mass market appeal.


Here is a rough listing of my priorities, with 5 being most important, 0 least: Crash Safety: 5. Accident Avoidance: 4. Lateral acceleration: 5. Acceleration: 3. Cost to Produce: 4. Individuality: 5. Convenience: 1. Appearance: 1. Operating Economy: 2. Ease of Manufacture: 4. Simplicity: 4. Passenger(s) Accommodation: 1.

Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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