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Old 06-26-2008, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel economy racing... with supercars.. sad MPG


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Old 06-26-2008, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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5 mpg while racing a supercar isn't too bad,
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That's true, but I don't see how they only managed to get 1.7 MPG out of the Ferrari. My friend's dad owns one of those 599GTBs and we took it to a track day at Road Atlanta back a few months ago and just for kicks I asked him what his fuel millage was and he said 8MPG. That's 8MPG on Road Atlanta under full race conditions...how the HECK did they only manage 1.7? I still think that the Lotus Elise or Honda S2000 are the way to go if you really want a sports car but still care about fuel millage. The S2000 get 30mpg and it's still a blast to drive and don't even get me started about the Elise...o boy what a track car that little beauty is.
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They didn't say how they drained the tanks, so if the tank was totally empty then its more of a whose fuel pickup is the lowest competition...

I do love how Top Gear does all sorts of crazy "experiments". Most border on the ridiculous but usually you can learn something from them.

Oh and if you want a sportscar on a budget, Miata's are pretty good fun to drive with good fuel economy.
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yeah if you got the cash for a Ferrari or Lambo, fuel is the least of your concerns
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At least it's funny, because it's Top Gear. If you can afford any of those cars, you aren't required to give a damn how much fuel they use. Happily, that's a statistically meaningless fraction of the population.

I once read a review of the Subaru STI where the reviewer mentioned that he got 9mpg while the car was in his care. Needless to say, that's not that surprising-- a 300hp AWD monster like that just begs to be flogged. However, sensible driving (and a boost controller) will still get you 30mpg on the highway, so it all works out.

Besides the Miata, the other best sports car value is probably the 3rd-gen Toyota MR2 Spyder. 180hp, 30ish mpg highway, 2200lbs, a six speed, and reasonable resale value (especially compared to the S2k). I'd have one if my needs didn't dictate a wagon (I frequently have to haul bulky crap).

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