FE Challenge IX - Spring 2010

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  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Presenting the Spring 2010 Challenge, running from April 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010.

    [FIMG=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/car_and_flower.jpg[/FIMG]Andrew McGuckin - CleanMPG - April 1, 2010

    Join us in our quarterly challenge to beat the EPA mileage ratings. The winner is the driver who beats the EPA by the highest percentage.

    Drive your daily routes in your normal car. Real-world cars, real-world routes, everyday conditions, etc. This is where the real results prove the value of hypermiling. Remember the CleanMPG motto, "Learn to raise fuel economy and lower emissions in whatever you drive".

    Results from previous economy runs:
    I: February - May 2008. Winner: PaleMelanesian
    II: June - August, 2008. Winners: CobraPond (A), lamebums (B)
    III: Sept - Nov 2008. Winners: CobraPond (A), MT bucket (B), jps000 (C)
    IV: Dec 2008 - Feb 2009. Winners: lnmcmahan (A), GaryG (B), jhu (C)
    V: March - May 2009. Winners: lnmcmahan (A), nissynis (B), Damionk (C)
    VI: June - Sept 2009. Winners: cpeter38, froggman, Taliesin, Kacey Green (marathon)
    VII: Oct - Dec 2009. Winners: cpeter38 (A), Swineone (B, Marathon), some_other_dave (C)
    VIII: Winners: GaryG (A), Sulfuric (B), jimepting (C, highest mpg), tpmjr2004 (Marathon), Right Lane Cruiser (Winter)

    How to Join
    To participate in this Fuel Economy Challenge, all you have to do is the following:
    1. Create a new mileage log. This will be an alter-ego of your vehicle, except make sure you use the 2008 EPA ratings for your car found at www.fueleconomy.gov. Choose the category "Quarter-Year FE Challenge". Please use a new log and leave the summer logs as-is until the previous challenge results are finalized. Once finalized, the previous vehicles can be deleted.
    2. Post here in this thread to announce your participation. Be sure to include a link to your new mileage log.
    3. Post in this thread with updates. Start wherever you are now, and use your next fillup, whenever it comes, as the start of your log. There is now no minimum mileage or number of fillups, only a request for no single-tank entries. We want complete daily driving records, and not cherry-picked entries.
    4. Entries will be accepted for one month, after which the participation list will be final.
    5. Report your final fill within 7 days past the end of the challenge.
    The standings here on page 1 will be updated periodically.

    For a level playing field, we will all use the new revised EPA estimates for fuel economy. If you are using a handicap, please list it when you announce your participation.

    Hybrid Handicap: Reduce your epa ratings by multiplying by 0.85. Hybrids are already optimized for good mileage by automatically doing many of the things hypermilers do.

    E10 Handicap: Reduce your epa ratings by 3%, to match the reduced BTU of 10% ethanol.
    Part-time E10: If you only sometimes use E10, log 3% less fuel used when you record that fillup. Make a note in the comments for the tank. Example: "Last fill was E10. Pumped 10.3 gallons, logged 10.0 gallons". Use this adjustment for the fill that finishes the tank of E10 fuel, not when you put it in.

    E85 Handicap: If you are using E85 instead of regular gasoline and EPA ratings are not available, you can estimate your E85 rating. Just lower the gasoline numbers by 25% (multiply by 0.75) and round to the nearest MPG. Enter this as your EPA rating.

    Which Division?
    Divisions A, B and C were created to help divide people into three levels, in order to increase competitiveness.

    For Returning Members:
    If you were in the top 2 or 3 in your division, please consider moving up.
    If you were near the bottom, consider moving down. Everything is more fun when the competition is close.

    For New Members:
    If are are new to hypermiling or to this challenge then I recommend either the B or C divisions to allow a good chance to get on your feet and familiarize yourself with hypermiling.

    Special class - Marathon: If you drive lots of miles (1500+ a month or so), you belong here. (in addition to Div A, B or C. Sign up for both.)

    Official Standings
    Division A
    Driver Vehicle Handicap
    PaleMelanesian [​IMG]
    Right Lane Cruiser [​IMG] E10, Hybrid
    groar [​IMG]
    diamondlarry [​IMG] Hybrid
    diamondlarry [​IMG] Hybrid
    JusBringIt [​IMG] E10
    MT bucket [​IMG] E10
    psyshack Mazda3

    Division B
    Driver Vehicle Handicap
    jimepting [​IMG] E10, hybrid
    Mr. Pancake [​IMG] E10, Hybrid
    Taliesin [​IMG] E10
    tpmjr2004 [​IMG] E10
    Sulfuric [​IMG] E10
    Kacey Green [​IMG] E10, hybrid
    Seraph [​IMG]
    drummerboy2004 [​IMG] E10
    ILAveo [​IMG] E10
    MSefton [​IMG]
    psyshack HCHII Hybrid

    Division C
    Driver Vehicle Handicap
    LinuxGold [​IMG]
    aburk4 [​IMG] E10
    Nevyn [​IMG] E10
    Die2self [​IMG] E10
    skidmark [​IMG] E10
    fanamingo [​IMG] E10

    Marathon Division (long-distance)
    Driver Vehicle Handicap
    tpmjr2004 [​IMG] E10
    Sulfuric [​IMG] E10
    Kacey Green [​IMG] E10, hybrid
    Nevyn [​IMG] E10
    psyshack HCHII Hybrid
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  2. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Taking entries now, but the challenge doesn't start until April 1. Any fillups this week need to go on the FE-8 challenge.
  3. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

  4. drummerboy2004

    drummerboy2004 Well-Known Member

  5. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

  6. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    Put my Ranger in division B with E10.
  7. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Sign me up for Div B and Marathon, E10.
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Ok. I'm officially in for Division A. No handicap.

  9. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    You found straight gas somewhere, Andrew?
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    3 stations here offer it. I followed the truck one day, and it fueled 2 of them back-to-back :p. It's typically 5 cents more, but the mpg savings are more than that.
  11. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

  12. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Well, so far everyone's a winner! :p
  14. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    A quick preview of what will come.

    My last fill before the challenge:

    552 miles
    14.707 gallons
    37.5 mpg
    170.45% challenge rating

    PS: I just love making fueleconomy.gov show a potential error of unespectedly high FE, and this is my first of the year (37 is the cutoff for my Ranger).
  15. fanamingo

    fanamingo Well-Known Member

    You mean I might have had some competition down there (120%)? :D

    Sign me up for the current challenge. Division C with an E10 handicap.
  16. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

  17. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Here's my entry: [​IMG]
  18. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2010
  19. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member


    For some reason, I'm not getting picked up in the Division B list. Is there something wrong with my entry post? I thought the "system" picked up the entries automatically. Thanks!
  20. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Jim, the "system" is Andrew. ;)

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