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Old 02-11-2009, 11:10 AM   #12 (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)

Appliance car - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (base)
90 day: 50.04 mpg (US)
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FYI, part 2 is up:

Building an Ultra Light-Weight Car, Part 2

It talks about shaping the body with "Adfoam M grade modelling type expanded polystyrene blocks"

Wish I knew how to get me some of that stuff. Maybe I should talk to the engineering dep't at my old university. They're not too far away.

I have to admit I was a little disappointed that they subcontracted out the finishing steps, after the shape was glassed (sent it to a bodyshop for fairing the imperfections and paint). Getting an "automotive" grade finish may be the single most time-consuming part of doing work like this.

Building an Ultra Light-Weight Car, Part 2
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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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