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Old 04-23-2013, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sonic power modder

Introducing myself; I'm Swordsmith, I make swords for a living, I have several forges and heat treating ovens, hammers, an anvil, a power hammer, mill, lathe, CADCAM plasma arc cutter and various assorted metal working tools at my disposal.

I own a 2012 Sonic with a 1.4Turbo engine which I have converted to run Flexfuel. I got the car because I like the idea of the combination of a tiny engine which gets good gas mileage coupled with a turbo which allows it to boost up to sufficient power to be functional and even fun.

Sadly, I then got so into the power part of the ride that I've gone to the dark side, power mod after power mod (intake, exhaust, injectors, alcohol conversion) and in fact added so much power that a stronger clutch was needed.

As originally equipped and driven carefully I was getting as high as 44mpg on a tank. Runnin E85 and driving like I enjoy doing, I get 22 mpg. Same fuel, on a recent experimental run, I got 31mpg, so it's not all the car, mods, or fuel, much of the issue is me.

That admitted, I am still very interested in working on the eco part of the equation; the idea here for me is to have an eco-car to drive around in most of the time, and still have a little sleeper pocket rocket when I want to lay down some rubber.

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