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Old 01-02-2009, 05:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Otto View Post
That thing looks like an aerodynamic dog. In a light and streamlined shape, it would probably do more like 150 mpg, assuming the stated arithmetic is sound, which it probably isn't.
I think that you always have this weight vs. aero vs. user needs trade off. That looks to be about as light weight as you can get by being as compact as possible. If you are to get it any smaller in certain areas yo are probably cutting into needed component room and cabin room. As ecomodders we throw away niceties and comfort for better fuel efficiency. Unfortunately for them, they have to make it marketable and give it enough versatility that consumers will buy it. The Volt, Prius, etc. all have and will give up aero for comfort, usability, and style. it's tough engineering a car that people want to buy.

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1996 Ford Aspire

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