Fuel Economy Challenge 8 - Winter 2010

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    With ~400 miles to drive the rest of this month, I'm needing to bring my tank average up to 73 to take the lead. I'll need ~77 average for the next 2 weeks to reach that. It'll be close, but I'm doing my best.

    Goal: 73 mpg this tank by the end of the month.
    Current: 69.4 mpg.
    Needed: 77 mpg / 400 miles.
     
  2. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Down to ~325 miles remaining this month.

    Goal: 73 mpg tank
    Current: 69.6 mpg
    Needed: 78 mpg / 325 miles.

    It's not looking so good.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2010
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I'm pretty close to a fill... and I've got less than 225mi left in the tank. :p
     
  4. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Good job guys!
    :thumbs_up:

    Hopefully I can get my vehicle up and running for the spring challenge. got to fix my mpguino too, some of the wires came out :rolleyes:
     
  5. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I just entered my last tank of the challenge. I didn't quite hit the 90mpg mark but I did preserve my LFE. :)
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Very nice, Sean! Still 90.2 lifetime.

    Updated forecast:
    Goal: 73 MPG tank
    Current: 70.2 mpg
    Needed: 78 MPG / 275 miles.
     
  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    It looks like I may do a little extra driving this weekend to the next town. I'll probably fill up before I go, since I'm down to 1/4 tank already. I'm also unlikely to get 80+ mpg on trip.

    Gary, preliminary congratulations on the win.

    This will be my fourth #2 finish in 8 quarterly challenges.
     
  8. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    At least you'll finish in the top 3! :p
     
  9. drummerboy2004

    drummerboy2004 Well-Known Member

    Good News... I've started walking and taking the bus to school/work (which are pretty close) and the girlfriend has started volunteering right down the street to where I practice with my band (she insists we take her car there), so I currently don't do any driving... Matter of fact, I have even sat in my car since the 13th when I filled up. This equates to less gas used for me, and a lot of money saved...

    Bad News... Not driving in this "good for hypermiling" weather, means my average for this competition is staying put (in almost dead last of my division)... I can't really get good mileage if I don't drive :]

    Either way, I am sure when I do drive it will be on trips where I attain the best efficiency! So, for now I sit, but I can assure you next challenge I will probably do pretty well... granted nothing changes!

    Matt
     
  10. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Just curious but, is there going to be a round 9?
     
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I expect there will be. ;) I hear there's this guy who puts these things together.
     
  12. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Oh yeah? Friend of yours?:p I was just wondering since I had heard anything about it. You must be having trouble figuring out all of the handicaps such as blue hybrid car in a northern state driven only during the day type handicaps.;):D
     
  13. Seraph

    Seraph Well-Known Member

    lol looking at the top 3 of division C, then looking at the top 3 in division B, its kinda weird. Look at the top of division C jesus he could be top division B. What's with all the disparity o_O
     
  14. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    That would be me;)

    I had some unusually good circumstances for the quarter, and I am not new to hypermiling. I suppose I could have entered division B though I have not entered the challenge before, so division C was the obvious choice. I covered some of my unusual circumstances and training in post #75. The biggest advantage this quarter was getting my wife out of the driver's seat. Since I am retired, my circumstances vary widely. I do not have a fixed commuting route per se, but that can be a disadvantage as well as an advantage.

    I think that the rules are kinda loose myself, but I don't see any realistic way to tighten it up very much. It is the nature of the contest that it is pretty much just a fun event. It does accomplish a good purpose in that it encourages and trains folks to strive for better FE.
     
  15. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    How's the wife doing, Jim?
     
  16. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Hm... I must have missed the memo about not driving at night... ;)
     
  17. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Sean, I think he was trying to exclude you and keep it all for himself. ;)
     
  18. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    Nancy is doing very well for such an extensive operation. She had a fusion along with screws and rods. Hurts just to think about it;)

    She had begun to experience such serious leg pain that she literally could no longer walk on concrete. She has no remaining leg pain, so the operation must be considered a qualified success, depending on the next year's results. Full recovery from this sort of thing involves therepy and lots of time.
     
  19. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    That's fantastic news, Jim! :) I have some understanding of how that must feel after suffering a herniated disk last April. The referred pain felt like a severely injured hamstring. :(

    I hope she continues to improve and is able to lead a long and pain-free life from this point forward.
     
  20. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

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