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Old 08-24-2010, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all.

I have been a member for a while lurking on ways to improved gas mileage in my 97 Civic hatchback. But quite honestly, the civic was extremely boring to drive. So I sold it to move on to better things. Idealy the perfect car for me would be the new 2011 Lotus Elise. Fast, efficient, and able to handle extremely well.

Unfortunately I am 30-40k short on buying one, so I decided to try to make my own cheaper. I bought a 86 MR2 and am in the process of putting in an engine and transmission from a 99 Toyota Trueno (20 valve 1.6 liter engine with a 6 speed transmission.) I am expecting a fun and responsive car that still can squeak out 43+ mpg. From there I can see what I an tweak to improve performance and efficiency.

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Old 08-24-2010, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One way to save fuel is by conserving momentum. The most enjoyable way to do this is to not brake before corners, or brake as little as possible.
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One way to save fuel is by conserving momentum. The most enjoyable way to do this is to not brake before corners, or brake as little as possible.
Yep. I hope the upgraded suspension components well help out a lot in this department. I will post pictures and video’s once the care is being driven on a daily basis. Right now everything is in, just waiting on the exhaust to mate the 20 valve exhaust manifold to the existing MR2 exhaust.

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