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Old 09-21-2009, 10:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I hope some Top Gear Magazine readers take some of those very good tips about radiator blocks, tire pressure, and driving style, and also recognize what a cool car the AeroCivic is. If the photos had been properly credited, I'd be happy to see this article.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Mike,I know you're a lot further east of Bonneville than me,but have you ever considered running the Honda there? USFRA has a 130-mph Club for "street" cars.They require a Snell 2,000 or better helmet,a 5-pound fire extinguisher,metal valve caps and 40-psi in the tires.Membership in USFRA is $40 and there is a tech inspection,and also each driver must perform a 100-mph handling run to test speedometer calibration.You would need H-rated tires.You can run up to 139 mph and get a time slip accurate to 1/1000-mph from SCTA.
If you guys get serious about going I want in!
Hey; I've crewed for just about every other form of motorsport!

Any Idea on what is required for the next speed up?
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:50 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Does anyone else get the vibe that Top Gear doesn't get much about physics?
The jokers must omit physics and dumb everything down for the general public. Well, the fact may be that nothing was over an elementary level to begin with. Works out good for them.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:09 AM   #16 (permalink)
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The jokers must omit physics and dumb everything down for the general public. Well, the fact may be that nothing was over an elementary level to begin with. Works out good for them.
Exactly. And the bit about tire pressures is really annoying because there is NO PROOF that traction is reduced.
I have been searching for this for the last few years with little or no luck. But with clever, well worded articles like the top gear one above, the stupid sheep are fooled and they will do as they were told. That is, to drive fast and keep their tires soft so they'll have to replace them once per year while filling their tank once per week or earlier. The result? The Big Boys make lots of money.

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I think its a bit of a back-handed complement. I also think its more the mag-top gear lads than Top Gear -Top Gear lads if you know what i mean. Afterall they did do that Hypemiling episode a couple of series ago
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:02 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'd ask for compensation and then challenge them to a fuel efficiency contest.

I'm sure the Aerocivic can hold it's own against a gen 3 Prius and an Insight (new). Even if you lose so long as your close you prove that a 17 year old car with some home made aero modifications can get the same kind of MPG a brand new $20k hybrid can get.

I'll see if I can find the address to write or e-mail the magazine and PM it to you tonight.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:21 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Basjoos & Bondo need to go to a drag strip. They are a lot closer than Utah. Then send the results in to Top Gear.

Basjoos would need to find a car like the Aerocivic used to be to compete against. Bondo could remove the cap, make a few runs, put it back on & make a few more, or whichever way would give the aerolid the disadvantage as far as weather goes.

I know it completely goes against what their goals are, but people will do things that make their cars faster.

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You might want to check out this link re British libel law: Cracking the Spine of Libel - Olivia Judson Blog - NYTimes.com
Yeah, sometimes I like the idea of UK libel law, but then there's the article that you cite. Sooooooooo, we just have to keep wading through the poop.

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