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Old 02-19-2009, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TopGear.com America high mpg project (regeared, aeromodded diesel Rabbit)

Hey guys, I'm with TopGear.com America and we're working on a project vehicle I think you'll all find interesting. We used resources on this (and other fuel economy-focused sites) in researching and planning the project, and will continue to do so, so it's only fair that we show what we're up to, right?

The details are still under wraps, but everything will be revealed soon (tomorrow, actually). Feel free to speculate... and there will be opportunities for you all to put in your $0.02. We'll come back and keep you guys updated and (hopefully) entertained.

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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By G. Giugaro...American market...0-60 in approx. 7 secs...that wheel well arch...

I nominate (world saving?) VW Golf/Rabbit Turbo Diesel.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There isn't any coroplast in the teaser shots.

I'm pretty disappointed. Whats the point of saying "I modified my car to get crazy MPG's!" if it doesent look like it was built by Doctor Emmet Brown?
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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heh, yeah I'd venture to guess circa '82 rabbit with a TDI transplant and some creative goofyness. Should be a fun watch.

I hope it has scads of randomly mounted AeroTabs all over it. And a belly pan made from a discarded screen door.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I bet that they are going to make a nuclear car. This is Top Gear after all. They have tried to make a space shuttle out of a Reliant Robin before so why not?
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I know someone from Top Gear America was trying to get a hold of Jeff from RocketChip to work on a project, might that be it?

Just how high mpg are we talking about? 7 secs 0-60 for a TDI would be pretty fast, unless it's a transplant.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I believe the video says 70mpg.

The little they show of it, I agree it looks like a VW Rabbit.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the heads-up, giff - looks like fun. (Well, that's a given.)

I agree, looks like a VW. My money's on an 81-84 Golf/Rabbit, with a TDI transplant.

EDIT: hope it smokes less than other chipped TDI's I've seen. Or it better smell like burning french fries...
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EcoStig episode

There was the White Stig, the Black Stig, the Rig Stig, The American Stig, the African Stig and now ...introducing the Eco Stig!

Some say he could hypermile & P&G a Cd efficient, Coroplast sculpted, grill blocked, flat bellied, one-ringed, maxxed inflated, french-fry fueled, etc.....Eco Mod!

With full credit & inspiration to basjoos' beast - famous Aerocivic!

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