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Old 01-20-2019, 02:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Pretty nice numbers. Probably not a comfortable ride but I appreciate a purpose-built machine.

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Old 01-22-2019, 02:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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..Comfort to me is retaining 96% of gross yield and fuel is the main cost of the business. I only miss the radio and I could get a 150 gram mp3 player if it was a real bugbear

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Old 02-05-2019, 08:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gen 2 Prius

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I am considering your light weighting process of vehicle on my 08 Gen2 Prius


Additionally am considering using Lexan to replace some of the rear window glass and possible rear hatch
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I am considering your light weighting process of vehicle on my 08 Gen2 Prius


Additionally am considering using Lexan to replace some of the rear window glass and possible rear hatch
Don't expect much increased fuel economy from reducing weight (if any). At highway speeds added weight is a pretty small part of the fuel economy equation, though certainly non-zero and if you're aiming for max, I'd say go for it.



You'll probably mostly notice better acceleration and probably better handling but at the expense of greatly increased cabin noise and ride harshness.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Never understood modding a car at great expense and time to go faster when you can just buy a faster car. If it's improved fuel economy, decreasing the weight isn't going to help much, especially on a Prius.

I removed the rear windshield wiper on my Prius. That's the extent of the modding I've done. Certainly don't want to ruin the thing.
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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This weeks change, grill block





Carbon fibre has been ordered for more parts.

n.b I did lose a race with a porsche on sunday which was really annoying, and he looked like a nob

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Theres a few other more difficult mods

Hey ya'll like my new clock?





image wont upload, 11g clock and vmeter

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Old 04-21-2019, 08:25 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Ive made window pillars from carbon to support the 2mm plastic. Also have purchased 24m of fibre to replace some rear sections, bonnet and wings/fenders. The wheels are pretty lightweight and not much heavier than carbon ones. Im up to just over 100mpg in mild weather but think with smaller profile tyres (45), a 2.5" lowering and the new parts I can get about 110-115 as an absolute maximum. A respray in autumn too, for asthetics, wont affect friction drag to any noticable extent

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