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Old 02-02-2009, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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AutoSpeed: lightweight, simple composite construction technique (monocoque + body)

Julian at AutoSpeed has started what looks like another really interesting series:

Building an Ultra Light-Weight Car, Part 1
An incredible way of producing your own vehicle

If you follow the green car blogs, you probably saw the University of South Australia's tandem tadpole trike EV in 2008:



Part 1 of this series shows how the students laid out that design and made its monocoque tub out of honeycomb sandwich fiberglass panels:




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The beauty of this technique is the ease with which a one-off monocoque tub can be constructed. Such an approach can result in a very stiff, ultra light-weight foundation for a vehicle – all without the need for welding or metal-working!
AutoSpeed: Building an Ultra Light-Weight Car, Part 1

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Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown



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has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
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