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Old 10-02-2011, 10:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This is an idea. I will try to do it soon. Shots of my UG gauge and speedometer while I am driving would be useful for some folks, I'd hope. I just need an entirely safe way to take the video, which is hard to envision since my UG is mounted on the steering column.
Mount it on the passenger headrest? Maybe it's not so important to watch the gauge as it is to see the driving technique.

I'd be happy to strap my friend's GoPro camera in and drive around for awhile.

A video of PaleMalestinian's driving technique would be golden. I know he gets some insane mileage with a stock car.

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Video how to drive long down hills. Here is my video how to drive in long down hills:


That is not the best way:

1. Best is to use EOC
2. Second best is to use engine braking behind that truck. My aero was not good enough for that technigue in that downhill. To be able to do that you would need steep downhill or low CD, or just draft very close to the truck (not wise). Any of the three would do the trick, if you have two of those its much easier. If there is no truck the gliding in neutral is more fuel efficient.
3. I believe the third best option is the one on the video. So try coast in neutral as much as possible. You can make push in the middle of the hill also to gain the truck there also, but you should always try to make the last push at the end of the slope while still being on the dowhill. First push on the top of the hill should be made like that you will be at the closest of the truck on the steepest angle of the hill. On the video I didint manage to too that and had to use techigue 3.
4. Keep the speed you were driving by applying little gas.
5. Keep the same gas position (fuel consumtion) and gain more speed in the downhill.

You should also try to match your speed so that you dont lose much speed on the downhill. I lost only 10 km/h speed on that 2 km long dowhill. Again better aero and you can glide higher speeds.

If you do P&G behind a truck you will get much longer gliding times. You should try to make your push in that manner than when you start gliding you are far away from the truck. You will start closing the truck and when you are at the safe distance of the truck 2-3 seconds whichever you prefer you start making more distance to the truck. When trucks in finland are driving avg speed of 85 km/h or 53 MPH I will do start push from 75 km/h and do it to about 95 km/h.

All comments are welcome. I know that I have done also some aerodifications, but the technigues should still be the same.
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Same on the uphills driving. I try not to make any push in the uphill. If I have to make a push I will try to do it in the middle of the hill. I make my pushes before the hill starts and at the end of the hill when arriving to the highest point.

When driving on the uphill I try to keep my instant fuel gauge at some point. Target is let the speed slow down slightly all the time. 1km/h per second is good time to lose speed. So I use glide with load as I call it.
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....When driving on the uphill I try to keep my instant fuel gauge at some point. Target is let the speed slow down slightly all the time. 1km/h per second is good time to lose speed. So I use glide with load as I call it.
This is my approach as my pulses are not good uphill, no turbo these days so I try and take a run at it on the flat and then hold the MPG at a minimum target and only increase it if I hit my minimum speed.

Must watch the videos later, Youtube blocked at work.

If you want a cheap camera those chinese $20 handheld ones with a 4 or 8GB micro SD card work reasonably well - loads on ebay. An alternative is to use your phone video camera with a windscreen mount or mount it on the headrest poles, or the headrest itself although it shakes a lot like this.

EDIT - Or you could just wave it around like Vekke....
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How to get your engine warm with least fuel:

- Before start use block heater, webasto, cabin heater or etc to get your engine and cabin warm before you start your engine.
- Use some sort of cloth or carpet on your windscreen and side windows so they dont freeze up.
- When you end your previous trip reverse in your parking place so you can start driving forward as soon as you start your cold engine

- When you start your engine begin driving as soon as the engine starts to run.
- Try to coast in neutral (glide)as much as possible when the engine is still cold.
- Try to keep your speed above 40 km/h 25 MPH
- Dont use high revs when accelerating
- Accerate briskly to your posted speed limits
- Dont slip your wheels
- Try to avoid stoppping
- If you have to stop shut down your engine for even small stops
- Use the racing drive line to get through the corners fasters
- On short trips put enough clothes so you dont have to heat the cabin
- Start your inside blower only when the engine already is little bit warm
- Install thinner oils to your engine and gearbox

To make your car warm up faster:
- Install grill block
- install smooth engine undertray
- install block heater etc.
- remove intercooler
- start your journey from heated garage

Note on the video temperature were +8 celsius so engine got hot very fast. On winter you have to drive longer to get the fuel consumtion close to those figures. Colder it is longer it takes and more mods you have done bigger savings you get...
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you guys know that Ben Nelson puts up videos on youtube all the time right?
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you guys know that Ben Nelson puts up videos on youtube all the time right?
Aren't those mainly related to Electric conversions rather than hypermiling technique ? I haven't looked for a while though, YT is blocked at work.
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Hypermiling with Lupo 3L at Helsinki city side streets. Techniques seen on the video:
- Lots of coasting in neutral
- Braking early to save momentum
- Timing traffic lights
- wacthing pedestrian lights
- Using the lane of least resistance
- Using race line
- P&G (push and glide)
- using the route which has less traffic
- DWB=drive without brakes
On the video I did not want to turn the engine off on the traffic lights. Generally if you are stopped over 7 seconds it saves fuel if you turn your engine off.

As you noticed the hypermiling is the fastest way to move in city driving. Always when you stop at traffic lights it takes time to start moving again when the lights change to green. If you are already moving more cars can go through the green lights.
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