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MetroMPG 11-18-2008 09:01 PM

Game's on! Ultimate Ecomodder Fuel Economy Challenge
You may already be a participant, and didn't even know it... :p


The Ultimate Ecomodder Challenge

To keep things new and fresh on the site we’ve decided to start a fun contest to see who is the Ultimate Ecomodder! We’ve selected 16 ecomodders to play in this tournament and all they need to do to participate is to continue pulling great mpg’s while keeping their fuel logs current. If you didn’t get selected don’t worry…we’ll give you a chance in the next contest!

FYI, Matt Herring spearheaded the challenge idea, and volunteered to act as the go-to guy / primary referee. Thanks, Matt!

Here’s how it works:

  • 16 ecomodders have been placed in a tournament style bracket.
  • To level the playing field each bracket matchup is handicapped (lower mpg drivers receive added mpg’s to balance out the difference between their 90 day mpg with their competitors 90 day mpg). For example…Car 1’s 90 day mpg is 30 mpg while Car 2’s 90 day mpg is 40 mpg. Car 1 would get 10 added mpg’s in this bracket matchup. After both Cars input their next tank in their fuel log, Car 2 would have to beat Car 1 by 10 mpg on that tank to advance to the next round. In the next round the 90 day mpg’s are again compared and added mpg’s are given to the lower mpg vehicle. The goal is to encourage getting your best mpg tanks while also making it an even competition for everyone.
  • Participants fuel logs will be monitored by the referees to make sure there’s no shenanigans during the competition (a prize will be awarded for the winner…it’s not $1 million or a free car so let’s keep this honest fellas!)
  • Each round matchup ends when both players have entered their next tank in the fuel log and the next round starts immediately (even if you don’t have an opponent yet). We are instituting a minimum 5 gallon fillup so the short tankers can be included in the competition but the long tankers don’t short their tank too much on a good run. The idea is to just do what you’ve always done and the contest will run itself to determine a winner.

Here’s our First Round Matchups:
* I_Am_Socket (Skeeter ’05 Corolla LE) vs. Tasdrouille (The Truck-Mine ’99 A3 Jetta TDI)…+23.12 adjustment for I_Am_Socket

* Johnny Mullet (Christine ’98 Metro Base) vs. Bhazard (The Festiva ’93 Ford Festiva L)…+13.67 for Bhazard

* CFG83 (’99 Wagon SWZ) vs. Tango Charlie (Olivia – ’03 Vibe)…+4.2 for Tango Charlie

* 1337 (The Benz – ’02 Mercedes Benz C230) vs. Robbiew (Yaris ’08 Yaris LB)…+12.98 for 1337 Benz

* PTSmith24 (El Camrino – ’90 Camry LE) vs. RH77 (Teggy – ’98 Integra LS)…+2.04 for PTSmith

* Big Dave (The Red Baron – ’00 F-350 XLT) vs. Neil Blanchard (Mica Blue – ’05 xA RS 2.0)…+17.95 for Big Dave

* Sean T. (Taurusaurus Rex – Taurus GL) vs. Binger (Just a Mirage – ’91 Mirage Hatchback)…+15.92 for Sean T.

* Super Trooper (Wicked Wanda – ’99 Beetle GLS) vs. Taco (Yoder – ’98 Tacoma 4x4)…+2.69 for Taco
Results will be posted here as they occur and round matchups will also be posted so you can track the results. Good luck fellas!

Matt Herring 11-18-2008 09:13 PM

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Here's an excel spreadsheet of the tourney bracket if you want to follow along!

A couple notes from the ref:

* I_Am_Socket is getting +23.12 in his first round matchup with Tasdrouille (is incorrectly noted as +mpg for Tasdrouille in original message)...sorry Tas...can't make it that easy for you!

* cfg83 updated his fuel log on 11/18 with a fill up from 11/17 so that entry does not count in the tournament as the tourney started on 11/18. His next fuel log entry will be his first round tank vs. Tango Charlie.

MetroMPG 11-18-2008 09:46 PM


Originally Posted by Matt Herring (Post 73079)
* I_Am_Socket is getting +23.12 in his first round matchup with Tasdrouille (is incorrectly noted as +mpg for Tasdrouille in original message)...sorry Tas...can't make it that easy for you!

Fixed my post.

Sean T. 11-18-2008 10:17 PM

I JUST filled up......... but I haven't added it to my fuel log yet... should I put it in right now, and then that will be my score for this round?

Oh, and this is an AWESOME idea!

Matt Herring 11-18-2008 10:18 PM

We'll allow the next tank to be your first round tank...make it a good one! Just make sure you fill out your fuel log for the tank you just completed so we know which tank is your first round tank.

Sean T. 11-18-2008 10:26 PM

Another thing I just noticed, (and I'm not trying to be picky or anything), but if you look at Binger's fuel log... he has several VERY low entries, and then his last 6 (approx. 60-days) have been well over his 90-day... I guess I'm just saying that even if he gets considerably lower MPG than those last 6 tanks, he will still be well above his 90-day, whereas I have been getting 20-23mpg since April.

I'm not trying to be negative or anything, but it seems like I don't have a chance. Does all that make sense?

Matt Herring 11-18-2008 10:39 PM

Binger has acceptable fuel entries to qualify for this contest. One of the only rules is at least a 5 gallon fillup (which he is well over in his fuel log entries and he's been consistent with 6-10 gallon fillups all along). His 90 day avg. has been improved recently due to new air dam and increased psi which is the reason we're all on ecomodder.

On your side it looks like he has a new job that is only 3 miles from his house so short trips in frigid Omaha, NE might hurt his FE.'re getting almost 16 mpg handicap...and you have a whole tank to make it a good one...maybe he's already halfway through his tank when finding out about this contest???

Good luck Sean T!

Tango Charlie 11-18-2008 10:48 PM

Ohhhh, I like it!
cfg83, you're mine, sucka. You with the pretty silver wheels... All 'look at me, I get over 40mpg'...yeah...yer goin' DOWN, pal...

Oh, wait. Is trash talking allowed? :D

Johnny Mullet 11-18-2008 10:53 PM

I have not entered any fuel logs since the weather got cold and I just filled up today, so what should I enter?

Matt Herring 11-18-2008 10:54 PM

Tango -

I like your matchup with cfg...interested to see if the Vibe can keep up with the Saturn Wagon (or at least stay within 4.2 mpg). It's Indiana vs. SoCal! Good luck!

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