Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-24-2008, 05:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
Liberti
 
LostCause's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: California
Posts: 504

Thunderbird - '96 Ford Thunderbird
90 day: 27.75 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
Not to rain on the parade, but the CAFE Foundation used to run some efficiency competition at the Oshkosh (now AirVenture) Airshow between 1981-1990. I'm pretty sure they got up over 30mpg. Then again, almost all of the 2007 PAV competitors made it over 20mpg.
You're right about the CAFE races, but I haven't been able to find a lot of information on them. From what I remember, Burt Rutan's specially design 5 seat, turbocharged Catbird was the overall leader for some time until a Varieze (another Rutan design) builder eventually took the all time lead.

I think "hypermiling" a plane really comes down to its design. A two place Van's RV can make 35-38mpg throttled back, while the single-place (and rather spartan) Quickie Q-1 can make 100mpg with its 2cyl generator engine. The Rutan Voyager probably averaged better than all during its around the world flight. Really, the best mileage comes without having an engine at all.

The Ariene Swiftlite is an advanced rigid ultralight glider that has traveled 483mi under Manfred Ruhmer's piloting. Sure advanced sailplanes can easily beat that distance, but they require an aerotow. A Swiftlite can be hucked off a hillside .

Awesome stuff: Ruhmer Swiftlite Competition Flight
(Sie sprechen Deutsch, Recht?)

- LostCause

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 02-24-2008, 09:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 21,240

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.8 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 73.57 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 55.99 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,989
Thanked 5,879 Times in 3,046 Posts
Amazing video. Never seen anything quite like that before.
__________________
Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 10:23 AM   #13 (permalink)
ECO-Evolution
 
Lazarus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 1,482

Iron Horse (retired) - '97 Iron horse Intrepid

Ninja - '08 Kawasaki 250R
90 day: 76.23 mpg (US)
Thanks: 17
Thanked 43 Times in 32 Posts
Here's a hybrid if you don't have a cliff to jump off of. These have been around since the late 80's and work very well. This is best picture I could find of one but if you do a search I'm sure you can find a better picture.
__________________
"Judge a person by their questions rather than their answers."

  Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 10:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NoVA
Posts: 27

Spin - '03 Mazda Miata SE
90 day: 26.55 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by LostCause View Post
You're right about the CAFE races, but I haven't been able to find a lot of information on them.
They do have up the original EAA Sportavaition articles here. But, yeah, that's about it for info.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 05:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
Liberti
 
LostCause's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: California
Posts: 504

Thunderbird - '96 Ford Thunderbird
90 day: 27.75 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazarus View Post
Here's a hybrid if you don't have a cliff to jump off of. These have been around since the late 80's and work very well. This is best picture I could find of one but if you do a search I'm sure you can find a better picture.
Ah, the motorglider. I actually have read quite a bit about them because they are pretty technically amazing imo, especially sailplanes with retractable mast-mounted engines. I suppose this could go in the alternative energy forum, but they have actually made Lithium-electric motorgliders.



One bladed propeller, woohoo!

And if you don't want to jump off a cliff, the swiftlite actually comes in a motorglider flavor .



Quote:
Originally Posted by Fuzzy
They do have up the original EAA Sportavaition articles here. But, yeah, that's about it for info.
Great find. I love reading that kind of stuff.

- LostCause

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do airline pilots hypermile? MetroMPG Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed 63 09-11-2010 01:36 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com