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Old 11-08-2008, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I love a good tail wind!

81.8 mpg (US) / 2.88 L/100 km @ 39 mph average speed over 50 mi / 80 km (includes sub/urban driving on either end).

The entire round trip details put it in sober perspective though:

100 mi / 160 km r.t., secondary rural roads, in breezy conditions (17 mph / 27 km/h, with higher gusts). Driving with load (DWL) was the main technique, with some engine off coasting at either end, where appropriate.

I seriously thought there was something wrong with the car on the first (head wind) leg. I checked the parking brake twice! DWL, I was nowhere close to the rough "70 at 70" target (70 mpg US at 70 km/h (43.5 mph)) I sometimes use as a guide.

The whole picture:

First leg was pretty lousy: 65 mpg (US) / 3.6 L/100 km

Round trip came in at 72.4 mpg (US) / 3.25 L/100 km

The return leg sure was fun though!

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Old 11-08-2008, 07:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tail winds are awesome!

A year ago I had a perfect, fantastic, musta been 40mph tailwind blowing right up the tailpipe for 110 miles. Did INTENSE P&G the whole time... coasted forever, and accelerated quickly! It was 0 degrees F and yes, I know, a short fill which can skew numbers, but it figured out to be 70 mpg! Skewed or not, it hadta be really good. And it was straight E85.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I won the wind lottery again today, big time.

30-40 kph (19-25 mph) quartering tailwind for most of a 750 km (466 mi) drive northeast along the St Lawrence river (tasdrouille, I beeped as I passed Q.C.! When I go back in the spring, want to meet up again?).

75 mpg (US) / 3.14 L/100 km / 90 mpg (Imp);

49 mph average speed, simply driving with load where traffic permitted, going with the flow where it didn't. A small amount of EOC down maybe half a dozen long-ish hills.

Add to that the fact the car was packed to the roof, sitting low on the suspension and you can call me tickled.

The second half of the trip, tomorrow, doesn't look quite as lucky weather wise. We'll see!
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First leg was pretty lousy: 65 mpg (US) / 3.6 L/100 km
Yea, rub it in. For me lousy is 28mpg...


But really, keep pushing that envelope!!!

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