FE Challenge 17 - Spring 2012

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by FSUspectra, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Presenting the "Spring" 2012 Challenge, running from April 1 through June 30. [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2011_Mini_Countryman_D.jpg[/fimg]

    This is the seventeenth episode of our quarterly challenge to beat the EPA mileage ratings. The temperatures are rising and the drivers will be heating it up even further! 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: Feb - May 2008 Winner: PaleMelanesian
    II: Jun - Aug, 2008 Winners: CobraPond (A), lamebums (B)
    III: Sep - Nov 2008 Winners: CobraPond (A), MT bucket (B), jps000 (C)
    IV: Dec 2008 - Feb 2009 Winners: lnmcmahan (A), GaryG (B), jhu (C)
    V: Mar - May 2009. Winners: lnmcmahan (A), nissynis (B), Damionk (C)
    VI: June - Sep 2009 Winners: cpeter38, froggman, Taliesin, Kacey Green (marathon)
    VII: Oct - Dec 2009 Winners: cpeter38 (A), Swineone (B, Marathon), some_other_dave (C)
    VIII: Jan - Mar 2010 Winners: GaryG (A), Sulfuric (B), jimepting (C, highest mpg), tpmjr2004 (Marathon), Right Lane Cruiser (Winter)
    IX: Apr - Jun 2010 Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), jimepting (B), LinuxGold (C), tpmjr2004 (Marathon), Right Lane Cruiser (Highest MPG)
    X: Jul - Sep 2010 Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), VegasDude (B), some_other_dave (C), tpmjr2004 (Marathon)
    XI: Oct - Dec 2010 Winners: VegasDude (A), Sulfuric (B), epurvee (C), Mr. Pancake (Marathon, Winter)
    XII: Jan - Mar 2011 Winners: GaryG (A), FSUspectra (B), Mr. Pancake (Winter)
    XIII: Apr - Jun 2011 Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), KiloDelta (B), basjoos (Marathon)
    XIV: Jul - Sep 2011 Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), hyperme (B), 2009PriusChat (C), basjoos (Marathon)
    XV: Oct - Dec 2011 Winners: RightLaneCruiser (A), 2009PriusChat (B), frv (C), Mr. Pancake (Marathon)
    XVI: Jan - Mar 2012Winners: PaleMelanesian (A), Die2self (B), SD3_Driver (C), RightLaneCruiser (Winter), FXSTi (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.
    [*]If you recycle your log, please do not do so until the final results are posted and the go-ahead is given for the next challenge.

    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 classes:
    • 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.)

    Final Results
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2012
  2. FXSTi

    FXSTi Well-Known Member

    I'm in, Div C, e-10, Marathon. First tank already registered.

    Good luck all.
  3. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Count me in! I'll stick with Division B :D
    Unlike Captain Kirk, it will be weeks before I register my first tank ;)
  4. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I'm in. Hybrid and regular gas; no E10 up here.

  5. I'm in. Which division should in go in? And, if the numbers came from fueleconomy site are they the right numbers? Didn't realize there might be more than one set. I found 22/28 for the xB.
  6. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    No E10 in IN, Larry??
  7. FXSTi

    FXSTi Well-Known Member


    You should probably be in Div C for your first challenge. Also make sure you take the E-10 deduction unless you can get straight gas down there. Michigan does not require that they mark the pumps as E-10, so you might want to do some checking.
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Looks like I'm already in. ;) Thanks Brandon!
  9. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Those are the right numbers. If you have to use E10, you can take another 3% off of those numbers, so for your challenge log, you would enter 21/27 for the EPA ratings. I would suggest Div C as well, since it is your first challenge. Check the F.E. Challenge 16 final results and see where you think you'll fit in if you want a challenge.
  10. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Umm, can I have a spot reserved? I want to enter, but I don't think I'll be driving for a while. Is there a class for lowest overall consumption? :D
  11. Ok thanks guys.

    I have been trying to find E0 around here but, yea, not required to label it in Michigan. I have been filling up at the same station/same pump for the last 2 fillups in the xB

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012
  12. JonNC

    JonNC Driving Smarter Since 06/07/2011

    In in once again, Division C (or D, E, F, G) with an E-10 handicap.
  13. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    So what division does a BEV vehicle belong in?
  14. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Alright, Kirk, Jon, James, Ricardo, Larry, and Gord, you're in. Just need a log for Ricardo and Gord, I assume you're recycling yours?

    EV, I thumb my nose at you! ;) :p
  15. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    count me in for Div A (I finally won :D:cool:), E-10 and I will recycle my challange log. Let me know if you need the link.

    it will be a month before I fillup again.:Banane39:
  16. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Actually, I should say, not where I buy gas according to the Shell station manager.
  17. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    What do you do if there is no 2008 rating for your car?

  18. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    soD, you just reminded me that I never entered any mpg numbers in my entry. Oops!:eek:
  19. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I entered some numbers but I'm not sure if I figured the hybrid handicap right or not. If anyone needs to change my numbers, please do. Thanks.
  20. 2003protege

    2003protege Well-Known Member


    I'm in. Div B, E10.

Share This Page