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Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)   Aerodynamic streamline template - online tool (view streamlined extension on any car)
Member seifrob made an online tool that overlays a streamlined template on an image of any vehicle to visualize the "ideal" extended low drag shape. Very useful for anyone considering building a drag-reducing Kamm back, full boat tail, box cavity, spoiler, etc.
By seifrob - 183 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

How to properly test modifications (AKA: don   How to properly test modifications (AKA: don't believe every MPG claim you read)
Here on EcoModder we see a lot of claims made about the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of specific modifications. It's an understatement to say not all claims are made equal. It all depends on how rigorous the test is.
By MetroMPG - 119 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

My Ford Ranger - Project Log   My Ford Ranger - Project Log
Nathan01xl is currently averaging around 38 MPG (US) in his 2001 Ford Ranger following numerous changes including the addition of a digital MPG gauge, improved driving technique, and a growing list of efficiency modifications.
By nathan01xl - 148 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L   Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown: Nissan Micra 1.6L
The Micra's official ratings are almost the same for the automatic and manual transmission. Yet the 5-speed can be much more efficient in the real world using just one simple ecodriving technique. Again we see the EPA handicaps manual transmission cars due to dictated, non-eco shift points during testing.
By MetroMPG - 78 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

3rd gen Prius aeromod thread   3rd gen Prius aeromod thread
Vman455 buys a 3rd gen Prius, and in typical ecomodder fashion doesn't take long to start modding it. Check out what he has done.
By Vman455 - 298 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Project Extended Pop-Top Aerodynamic Camper Shell (   Project Extended Pop-Top Aerodynamic Camper Shell ('99 Tacoma)
The design criteria for this fiberglass-over-foam project: extended to the end of the lowered tailgate for maximum room (and further reduced aero wake); enough room in the "up" position for a raised floor to store gear beneath while still having room to sit up and move around comfortably; simple and convenient to use.
By a8ksh4 - 345 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Speed vs. MPG charts (post   Speed vs. MPG charts (post 'em if you got 'em)
The speed at which you choose to drive has the biggest impact on your highway fuel consumption. This fact is nicely demonstrated by this collection of graphs showing the relationship of MPH to MPG in a variety of vehicles, from a 55 hp Geo Metro to a 505 hp Corvette, and many others in between.
By bluejoey - 181 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed


A better alternator delete   A better alternator delete
By Daox - 140 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Review: driving a $9998 2015 Nissan Micra (Nissan   Review: driving a $9998 2015 Nissan Micra (Nissan's most efficient manual in Can/US.)
MetroMPG gets a Nissan Micra to review for a week.
By MetroMPG - 84 replies
In forum: General Efficiency Discussion

Another truck aero cap idea...   Another truck aero cap idea...
Follow the evolution of BamZipPow's aerodynamic cap for his 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup.
By BamZipPow - 392 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Boat tail project based on a single wheel trailer...   Boat tail project based on a single wheel trailer...
BamZipPow's epic customization & refinement of a single-wheel, drag-reducing trailer used on his already extensively aero-modified 1998 Toyota T-100 pickup. "Mileage is averaging around 27mpg with the trailer," he says, which he estimates is about a 2 MPG improvement.
By BamZipPow - 1081 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Aero RV (custom boat tail for   Aero RV (custom boat tail for '95 Ford E-350 Class C motorhome)
Orbywan says: "About a month ago I decided to build a boat tail for my 95 E-350 Ford 25 foot turbo diesel Class C motor home. I read the aerodynamics study NASA did at Dryden Air Force base back in the late 60’s on the squared off E-150 van about 20 times, as well as several other studies, drew up some plans and three weeks later and some serious sweat the prototype is done and tested." Initial results show about a 20% mpg improvement.
By orbywan - 185 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Drag reduction modifications in wind tunnel: Audi A2 from Cd 0.288 to 0.204   Drag reduction modifications in wind tunnel: Audi A2 from Cd 0.288 to 0.204
By Vekke - 53 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics

Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures   Experiment: coast down distances (rolling resistance) @ various tire pressures
Increased air pressure reduces a tire's rolling resistance - but is more pressure always better? Coast-down distances are measured for three different kinds of tires, with pressures ranging from 20 through 70 psi.
By MetroMPG - 116 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here   Have you ever given 1-on-1 ecodriving instruction? (Here's how I did it.)
MetroMPG walks us through his recent experience of teaching individual "non-hypermilers" about ecodriving. With just an hour-long session, each driver's results showed an immediate increase in fuel economy above their car's EPA ratings.
By MetroMPG - 112 replies
In forum: Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed

The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !   The AX Eco Project : 100 mpg target !
In the 90's, the super light Citroën AX diesel held a Guinness record as the most efficient production car available, capable of 65 mpg (US) at 56 mph (90 km/h). HypermilerAX's modifications have already improved this to 80 mpg (US) at 56 mph. Now he's aiming for 90 mpg to beat the 1994 "AX Eco" concept car, and is also eyeing a 100 mpg tank (2000 km).
By HypermilerAX - 131 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Taller Tire Test (5.7% MPG increase observed on Honda CR-Z @ 55-65 MPH)   Taller Tire Test (5.7% MPG increase observed on Honda CR-Z @ 55-65 MPH)
The purpose of the test was to determine whether larger diameter tires, which result in lower engine RPM and higher load for a given speed, can improve gas mileage. The test car has a 6-speed manual transmission. At highway speeds (55-65 MPH), the larger tires gave a 5.7% average increase in MPG. The engine ran about 200 RPM lower.
By SecondWind - 72 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

CarBEN EV5 Full Sized Prototype Construction - 5 Seat Electric Car From Scratch   CarBEN EV5 Full Sized Prototype Construction - 5 Seat Electric Car From Scratch
NeilBlanchard has begun the construction process to build the full-sized prototype of his aerodynamic 5-passenger electric car he's nicknamed "CarBEN EV5". The prototype is being assembled with rigid foam sheets cut on a CNC machine.
By NeilBlanchard - 732 replies
In forum: DIY / How-to

Lean burn Honda Civic sedan: 93 Civic d15z1 swap into LX 4 door (VLX)   Lean burn Honda Civic sedan: 93 Civic d15z1 swap into LX 4 door (VLX)
4-door efficiency: slownugly is buttoning up this project where he took the lean burn engine from the iconic Civic VX and swapped it into a sedan body. "Goals: 50 MPG average while maintaining stock appearance. It will be the economy sedan Honda never made in this generation."
By slownugly - 182 replies
In forum: EcoModding Central

Automatically actuated grill block - Mk3   Automatically actuated grill block - Mk3
Daox designs an automatically actuated grill shutter. The design is nearly fully 3d printed and controlled via an arduino.
By Daox - 139 replies
In forum: Aerodynamics





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