FE Challenge 14 - 2011 Qtr 3

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Presenting the Summer 2011 Challenge, running from July 1 through September 30.

    [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Jeff_Townsley_-_Civic_on_the_road.jpg[/fimg]Andrew McGuckin - CleanMPG - July 1, 2011

    This is the fourteenth episode of our quarterly challenge to beat the EPA mileage ratings. The winner is the driver who beats the EPA by the highest percentage. It's getting warmer, so the FE should really start skyrocketing! ;)

    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)
    IX: Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), jimepting (B), LinuxGold (C), tpmjr2004 (Marathon), Right Lane Cruiser (Highest MPG)
    X: Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), VegasDude (B), some_other_dave (C), tpmjr2004 (Marathon)
    XI:Winners: VegasDude (A), Sulfuric (B), epurvee (C), Mr. Pancake (Marathon, Winter)
    XII: Winners: GaryG (A), FSUspectra (B), Mr. Pancake (Winter)
    XIII: Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), KiloDelta (B), basjoos (Marathon)

    How to Join
    To participate in this Fuel Economy Challenge, all you have to do is the following:
    • 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. Please use a new log and leave the previous challenge logs as-is until the results are finalized and a post is made saying logs can be recycled if you choose to do so. Once finalized, the previous vehicles can be deleted.
    • Post here in this thread to announce your participation. Be sure to include a link to your new mileage log.
    • Drive
    • Post in this thread with updates. No need to start with a fresh fill, just include the fills that fall within the challenge months. There is no minimum mileage or number of fill-ups, only a request for no single-tank entries. We want complete daily driving records, not cherry-picked entries.
    • Entries will be accepted for one month, after which the participation list will be final.
    • Report your final fill within 7 days past the end of the challenge.
    The standings here on page 1 will be updated periodically (by CleanMPG staff members).


    Handicaps
    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 fill-up. Make a note in the comments for the tank. Example: "Last fill was E10. Pumped 10 gallons, logged 9.7 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.
    • 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.
    • If you 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.)

    Here's the final results for FE Challenge 14. Congrats to our winners. Sign up for FE Challenge 15 here.

    [​IMG]
     
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  2. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I'm in again with a still-running tank that rolls over from last time.
     
  3. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Div B, 21/29 MPG, E10, will recycle log after screen shot of final tally is taken.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2011
  4. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Well, I guess I'll try to finish this tank over the next 3 months... it's been in the car since April 5th and I'm at 10 of 20 bars. ;)
     
  5. nighthawk

    nighthawk Well-Known Member

    In Div C if it exists or B if not. And marathon...
    E10

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

  7. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Back to Div C for me. ;)

    E10, no instrumentation, "dying engine".

    I may wind up needing to drop out at some point, when I get the engine rebuilt. (No, I'm not kidding about the dying engine!)

    I'll make a log entry for it shortly.

    -soD
     
  8. JonNC

    JonNC Driving Smarter Since 06/07/2011

    I'm in for Div C (with E10 handicap), unless you have one lower than that:eek:.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
  9. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Hi Jon, we lately haven't even had a Div C because we haven't had enough people signed up, so they got rolled into Div B. Just consider it motivation to be great! ;)
     
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Let's see how the registration goes. We might have a valid C this time.
     
  11. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    No worries, wasn't knocking C out of the picture just yet. ;) I would love to see an A,B,C again, myself.
     
  12. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Instructions from the Challenge 13 thread:

    How to Join
    To participate in this Fuel Economy Challenge, all you have to do is the following:

    * 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. Please use a new log and leave the previous challenge logs as-is until the results are finalized. Once finalized, the previous vehicles can be deleted.
    * Post here in this thread to announce your participation. Be sure to include a link to your new mileage log.
    * Drive
    * Post in this thread with updates. No need to start with a fresh fill, just include the fills that fall within the challenge months. There is no minimum mileage or number of fill-ups, only a request for no single-tank entries. We want complete daily driving records, not cherry-picked entries.
    * Entries will be accepted for one month, after which the participation list will be final.
    * Report your final fill within 7 days past the end of the challenge.

    The standings here on page 1 will be updated periodically (by CleanMPG staff members).


    Handicaps
    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 fill-up. Make a note in the comments for the tank. Example: "Last fill was E10. Pumped 10 gallons, logged 9.7 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.
     
  13. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Here's the log for Mango Bango's Challenge 14 results:

    [​IMG]

    -soD
     
  14. 2003protege

    2003protege Well-Known Member

    I'm in. Div. B I think. I just pulled a 45.6 mpg (190% EPA), 660 mile tank. personal record :woot: I'll go with Div B, E10, NO SCANGAUGE BABY!!!!! unless I should be in A... I don't think i'll be pullin above 190% anytime soon.
     
  15. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very

    Back into div A. always without any instrumentation
    My recycled FE log : [​IMG]

    Monday M├ęgane will have to pass a technical inspection, so this week-end I'll have to remove all the aeromods and I don't know when I'll be able to put them back on :( I'll have to drive a wall... I estimate that 20% of my saving are from the aeromods. Hope I'll be able to put them back on soon.

    Anyway, I'll have fun :D

    Denis.
     
  16. basjoos

    basjoos Well-Known Member

    Div. A and Marathon
     
  17. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    I think i would like to give this a shot. Since this is my first time, i guess i would be in Div "C"? 22/29 with E10

    [​IMG]
     
  18. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Ok. Blackbelt, you are on the list. 2003Protege, sorry I missed you earlier.

    I organized the list a bit, too.
     
  19. 2003protege

    2003protege Well-Known Member

  20. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Thanks. "sorry I missed it earlier" :eek: Looks like you're off to a great start and currently winning!
     

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