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Old 12-17-2015, 09:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Completely agree Niky.
I used to road race cars, carts and motorcycles and found many of the same skills transfer over. Going to work and back from work is now like a mini race. Brake late, watch and determine other cars moves, high cornering speeds etc..

I hate to say it but actually have as much fun in my 05 Insight as my 2010 Camaro. Main reason: having fun in Camaro draws a lot of attention and tickets.
Insight: you just blend in and know one knows the're passing a car that is getting 4x the mpg they are getting.

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Old 12-17-2015, 09:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Smaller footprint.

And bragging rights. Oh god the bragging rights. The groans from friends on Facebook when I post numbers up.

It's a fun hobby. Considering I can't practice drifting (fingers crossed our new series starts next year), slalom/circuit racing or drag racing on the street, hypermiling is the only motorsports discipline I can enjoy on a daily basis.
I always say, "Life is HOW one frames it." You say "hypermiling is a motorsport". I never thought of it THAT way, but that's a great perspective.

While all our driving conditions are unique to each of us and it's fun to compare our MPG postings with others in similar cars, each tank refill really begins another competition NOT with others but with ourselves.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:08 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:16 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Efficiency is my game. I monitor and tune large computer systems for work, Have done quite a bit of autocrossing, Do a bunch of bike riding, etc... It's always about squeezing that last bit of performance/efficiency out of everything I do.

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Old 12-17-2015, 10:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I wonder. Do you think, in a galaxy far, far away, space aliens brag how they were able to reach earth and return home on fewer dilithium crystals?
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I wonder. Do you think, in a galaxy far, far away, space aliens brag how they were able to reach earth and return home on fewer dilithium crystals?
Engine-off coasting all the way? Going to be a pretty long commute.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:05 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Primary reason is that I just plain like small cars. You can pretty much draw a straight line from the neighbor's MG-TC that I lusted after as a kid, through the Austin-Healey, Sunbeam Alpine, and others that were my first cars, to the CRX and the Insight that replaced it. I admit that it's not purely about efficiency: there were a good few motorcycles in there, and if I didn't have a couple of dogs that go most places with me, I'd probably have a Miata or Lotus.

Then there are the environmental and geopolitical benefits. Saving money, though nice, is probably low on my personal list.
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Engine-off coasting all the way? Going to be a pretty long commute.
Yeah. Space aliens are learning to get by with less by reading our Ecomodder comments.

When's the last time you saw a flying saucer with side view mirrors? And, now they're SO good at front grill blocking that you don't even know where the front grill begins and ends!

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...hypermiling is the only motorsports discipline I can enjoy on a daily basis.
I love driving.

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