CleanMPG Fuel Economy Challenge VI - Summer 2009

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, May 26, 2009.

  1. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    Last tank of the challenge (for real this time): 60.4mpg. Taliesin, looks like you got me. I look forward to sitting in the middle of division B again next challenge.
  2. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    You guys are really close. If I were that close I'd try to work in a high MPG partial tank in the last week to catch up. Just saying...not trying to egg you on or anything like that:p.
  3. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    It depends a lot on what happens with this tank and the next one. The current tank has about 100 miles left to it and I'll probably have to fill again before it's over due to working next weekend (56.4 mile round trip).

    It's raining quite a bit here right now, and the temps have been dropping on us lately, so it's not the best weather for FE.
  4. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    That is an interesting thought, I think I'd rather use this tank I'm working on now in the next challenge though. Start off strong while the temperatures haven't plummeted yet.
  5. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    I'm about to drop a couple spots in the standings. I did a lot of maintenance and repairs. Itty bitties here and itty bitties there. I'll be logging the tanks soon, but I had two fill-ups since my last log...
  6. froggman

    froggman Honda Prelude owner

    say it isn't so. :(
  7. cpeter38

    cpeter38 Right Lane Dweller

    It hasn't happened yet, maybe he's just playing with you (prepping you for when he jumps up one spot :D).

    How bout you? Are you getting a tank that is so good that you'll have to join Div A.?

    It is amazing how everybody is holding the results of their last tank(s) until the very end. When I did my last fill for this competition, I laid my cards on the table the next weekday ...
  8. froggman

    froggman Honda Prelude owner

    I have about 470 miles on this tank and by the looks of it I should be down a few mpg from the last tank. I won't know for sure until I fill up though. I plan on filling up next week to end the challenge instead of going for a long tank. This might give someone else a chance to catch up to me. ;)
  9. cpeter38

    cpeter38 Right Lane Dweller

    Are you telling me that I need to go out in my wife's Focus and go up to Northern MI and back a couple of times? Do I really have a chance :D:D

    Seriously, the only "wasted" miles I have in this competition are about 80 miles (about 40 miles per car) that I spent calibrating my odometers. It is very interesting - I have become very careful about when, how much and what my route is when I drive. If I can delay a trip for later, I will do my best to put several "missions" together into the same driving session.
  10. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I will be filling up tomorrow probably, and come to think of it, I won't be needing another fill since I left behind the 350 mile tanks and moved to the 500+ mile tanks. Only 5 days left (really 6, but I won't be driving home until tomorrow), and that's only 260 miles.

    My last tank won't be spectacular (I don't think), but it won't drop me any either (I might gain 1%).

    The battle of the Rangers is pretty much over, and ILAveo has me cold.

    And to think that I never thought I would be able to get this type of FE.
  11. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I talked to my son tonight and he may not be filling up again before the end of this run. He is definitely headed for a 900+ mile tank. This would put him in the 73+ mpg range. The determining factor will be how much he can ride his motorcycle. He has been averaging around 53 mpg with an '03 Honda Shadow Spirit 750cc.
  12. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    So his "guzzler" is a 2 wheeler? :p
  13. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Yeah, go figure. I haven't looked up the EPA for that model motorcycle but I suspect he may be a bit over.:)
  14. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    I opt for a separate group with the same divisions, for folks to set records or just drive the car on the good days, some of us have real commutes, 1 and 2 tanks in 4 months...

    Those that only have one car and aren't playing with the numbers, this isn't directed at you, or the folks where all their vehicles are laid out on the line (looks at the 2 tank guy above me who has a whole 2nd car tearing up the charts too *pat on the back*).

    I'm not saying folks need to put in the same 7500 miles to date or the same 100+ gallons as me, but compare that to 1 tank at 800 miles and 16 gallons, I'm curious what that'd look like at say just 1500 or 3000 miles.

    And for the record I am scared of the numbers Aether Glider will put up but the rant isn't aimed at him either, just a frustration of mine that bubbled out onto the boards tonight.
  15. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    oh yeah, I logged another fill, LMPG took the whole number and traded the decimal number it with my competition MPG :( Still good for the onset of fall.
  16. drummerboy2004

    drummerboy2004 Well-Known Member

    I second this sentiment. Maybe a remedy could be to have divisions with and without minimum distance requirements.

    Also, I'm sure the stellar figures would be a lot harder to achieve over a greater distance. (central limit theorem)

    Congrats for putting up those numbers, but I don't feel it's completely fair the way it is. I could drive my car, get a stellar tank and just leave it at that... but, I too have a real commute that, unfortunately, includes dense city and lights.
  17. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I think I can see doing that. But to be fair, for many of them it's just that they don't drive much either way.
    Give me another year and I won't be driving near as many miles (maybe 500 a month).
  18. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    My son would be one of those that just doesn't drive very much. He has about 20-25 miles/day for his commute and doesn't hardly go anywhere else unless it's an absolute necessity. He does have a motorcycle but, he doesn't drive it when it rains or when it has recently rained. With winter coming up, he'll quit riding it altogether. So I guess in a way, he only drives his challenge car on bad weather days in the summer months.

    I would like to add a word of caution about trying to add minimum distance and minimum fill numbers requirements. Any way the challenge is set up will end up favoring some of hurting some all at the same time. Just my $.02 worth.
  19. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    It is set up somewhat like that anyway with the three different divisions.

    Almost all (if not all) of Div C and B use their vehicles for every day use.

    Most (but maybe not all) of Div A use theirs daily too. They just put so many miles into a tank it seems like they never drive.

    I could maybe see some subdivisions set up by how many miles you drive. But then you start making the entire challenge into a difficult thing for the admins.
    Just remember that it's all in fun and let the gas stations fear us.
  20. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Yes, my original though was that I think Andrew has a tough enough time as it is to do such a great job putting this together.

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