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Old 09-22-2009, 02:11 PM   #21 (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.
Okay, but not just fuel efficiency but also speed. After all, basjoos can get high MPG at high MPH.

Tell Clarkson to bring that big honkin' diesel he drove from Switzerland to Blackpool on one tank.

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Old 09-22-2009, 02:25 PM   #22 (permalink)
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4th and 5th gear pulls are absolutely brutal on engines. If it were me, I would opt for a stock Integra R or GSR engine and an LS transmission. I know for a fact that a stock 98 integra gsr with a couple bolt-ons will clear 158 mph on flat ground. A stock gsr engine mated with an LS trans would be rev limited at 188 mph. That my friends, would be impressive in the aerocivic.
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I didn't give permission, they must have pulled them off a site on the internet where those photos were posted. Interesting that they are ridiculing my car along with hypermiling, since my car is a high speed fuel saver and I thought they were into speed. I built it deliberately so I wouldn't have to go slow to get good mileage and could travel at normal highway speeds with good FE. You won't find me driving 38mph in the slow lane with the geezers.
Mike, I'd e-mail them that exact paragraph. End by suggesting that they publish your reply along with your web site address to make good for using your images without permission.

(PS - does anyone else find it ironic that we're discussing "images used without permission" after reading a reproduction of their magazine used without permission? )
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PS: too bad they misused the term "hypermiling" and applied it to people who modify their vehicles.

Ecomodding <> hypermiling.

You can ecomod a vehicle, still drive it "normally", and get better fuel economy!
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Top Gear is lowest-common-denominator one step above ricers and, though occasionally entertaining, Clarkson's an idiot and a douchejockey. To be criticized by that tool with the mentality of a 4 year old is a compliment. All those exotics they mess their pants over are worthless for actual speed unless you own a racetrack and they're no fun to drive unless you're on one. I guess they're good for picking up *****s (or pre-pubescent boys if they're into that), but otherwise, you can't see out of them, park them anywhere, deal with driveways and potholes without holding your breath, or pass a cop without getting followed or pulled over unless you're going way under the speed limit. I used to love them until I turned 16 and realized this. Clarkson's only got another 12 years to go!
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Bonneville is a huge logistical exercise. You gotta have RV's trailers, food, all sorts of stuff.

A more palatable compromise might be the Texas Mile.
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Bonneville is a huge logistical exercise. You gotta have RV's trailers, food, all sorts of stuff.

A more palatable compromise might be the Texas Mile.
Another possible option is Maxton which is close to Basjoos, but I think he'd have to comply with all rules. I don't think they have a Street car category.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:26 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Interestingly, the Aerocivic had appeared in the Top Gear blog in February 2009:

Looks rubbish, actually works. The Cupholder – BBC Top Gear
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:57 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Bonneville is a huge logistical exercise. You gotta have RV's trailers, food, all sorts of stuff.

A more palatable compromise might be the Texas Mile.
Tx Mile is fun (a ton of fun actually); but I'm not sure how much data can be obtained there.

Not sure about aerohead; but it's only about 350 miles for me.

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