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Old 11-28-2007, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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

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Mercedes C Class patented ventilated tail lights

aw this on Fifth Gear and went straight to the web to find out more...

High pressure air from under the car is vented at the leading edge (side) of the tail light assemblies.

Apparently this accomplishes 2 things:

1 - relieves under car pressure, reducing lift and eliminating the need for a deck lid spoiler

2 - interacts with the flow at the transition at the rear of the car in a way that reduces turbulence, reducing drag.

The car has a decent (for modern production cars) cd of 0.27.

More info:

Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
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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