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Old 05-04-2014, 10:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Cobb View Post
I use to be into stuff like that, but then I learned to what extend people go to "cheat". Inflating tires to 120 psi, gutting the interior of the vehicle. Shorting the fluids a qt in the tranny, engine, radiator, draining the windshield washer fluid just to name a few.
I agree! To which I would also add:
  • Driving 1,000 miles for a 30 mile "rally"
  • Labor needed to handle traditional rally logistics
  • "Bowling tophy" never seen again
The rules are a combination of "lessons learned" from previously failed rallies plus my first 1,000 mile tank.

Originally Posted by Cobb View Post
When I did mpg runs I used the cruse control and filmed a segment with youtube to show the settings on the ac, heater, radio, etc.
I'm OK with a recorded video but duration of my 1,000 tank was over 40 hours and boring as heck. I won't be watching a youtube video that long.

All I'm looking for is an ending photo like this:
  • 1,000.8 miles is less than 2x the full tank range range
  • 1000.8 / 91.8 = 10.9 gallons :: I could have added 2 gallons and easily met the 2x tank range
I designed the rules to avoid the problems of past rallies yet be achievable. It won't be easy but the prize, a wind breaker with the numbers, isn't enough of a prize to justify going nuts . . . not that some won't insist on it.

Seriously, if you see a problem with the rules, let me know. The contest does not start until June 1st and I'm OK with fixing problems before the start.

Bob Wilson
2019 Std. Range Plus Model 3 - 134 MPG3 || 2014 BMW i3-REx - 117 MPGe, 39 MPG
JuiceBox 40 Pro (240 VAC, 40 A), KHONS portable (120-240 VAC, 12-32 A)
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