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MetroMPG 08-27-2008 12:10 PM

Another chopped car with better MPG: Metro convertible
Someone sent a link to this car...


...I was impressed with the chop top and the "45 to 70 mpg" written on the gas cap. Dry lakes racers have known for many years chopping the top raisings a car's top speed, due to lowering its frontal area. It can also improve the gas mileage.
The back of the car simply says "60+ mpg".

You can see full size pics here:

Electric Dragin 2008

MazdaMatt 08-27-2008 02:57 PM

why draft with trucks, when you just drive right underneath them??

aerohead 08-27-2008 03:08 PM

Blind spots would be a little spooky,otherwise,it's a really good looking piece of work.And I would have no reason to dispute his/her mpg claims.Thanks for posting the pic!

MetroMPG 08-27-2008 03:36 PM

Phil: when you mentioned blind spots, I went back to the pics to see if he'd deleted his mirrors. Looks like he added smaller ones, but moved them half way back to the end of the door!

Maybe because he's forced to drive with his seat reclined for headroom, and that put his eyes too far away from the original mirrors?

Also bears mentioning: his CdA is probably only better with the top up. Al fresco, it all goes down the drain! (Though still better than original.)

atomicradish 08-27-2008 06:37 PM

I'm too tall for a car like that.

DeadAt40 08-27-2008 07:31 PM

No one can fit in a car chopped this radicaly, except the person who chops it or someone the exact same height. You have to pretty much build the entire car inside and out because adjustable seats and other similar amenities just won't fit. Blind spots are a serious concern, but lowering the drag ratio has drawbacks just like removing the Air conditioning. But as long as you drive with limited visibility in mind it becomes more of an inconvieniance than a safty isue.

bbjsw10 08-27-2008 09:06 PM

I enjoyed the "box" as well, pretty cool. Would like to chop my metro, but not alot of knowledge. Would only want to chop maybe 4" or so. The top just looks to high on the car.

Johnny Mullet 08-27-2008 09:43 PM

My mullet would get all frizzy.

metromizer 08-28-2008 11:54 AM

I love the look of the lowered roofline on that car, that's acually a "cute metro 'vert".

Don't get me wong, I almost bought one, I'd still drive one and may own one some day, but the OEM convertable body looks a little bit like a tennis shoe on wheels, to me.

lunarhighway 08-28-2008 12:16 PM

i think that's one of the main problems with todays cars, they're all to high. when i park, most "normal" cars are about 5 to 20 cm higher than mine wich was introduced in '88... forget suv's and mpv's, just normal cars sometimes smaller than mine.

Cd's will have to drop massively to compensate for that, and there's no sight that will happen without and aero revolution in the car sector.

given the original height of a metro i wonder how that thing remains drivable, but it looks wild!

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