A challenge born from another pair of drivers condemnation. [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/611/2009_HCH-II.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 12, 2008 The 2009 HCH-II -- 2-weeks, 3 members, 300 pounds of gear on a 7,500 + mile, around the country attempt at a US FE world record in one very fuel efficient hybrid automobile Motivation Think back to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. In particular, two-days that mesmerized and stoked the competitive fires of the US Swim team like nothing else. French swimmer Alain Bernard said his French swim team was going to “smash” the US in the 4x100 relay. On paper, experts declared the French swim team victors before they even entered the pool. What the experts did not count on was Jason Lezak, captain of the United States relay team, to fight back. Alain’s “boast” did not just motivate but brought the world what can be one argued as one of the single greatest moments in Olympic history, Lezak’s final 50M swim leg. Reliving the moment As the rest of the world watched, Lezak pushed off the wall over the last 50M almost half a body length behind Bernard, the fastest 100M freestyle swimmer in the world. With 35 M left to go, Lezak began what can only be described as a herculean effort to pull within a forearm’s length of Bernard. At 10 M out, Lezak was almost shoulder to shoulder with the seemingly insurmountable Frenchman. At the wall, it was finger vs. finger. For what seemed like minutes, the world fell silent as the electronic scoring was finally displayed. The underdog US team beat the French by just eight-hundreds. Sept. 3, 2008 An Australian husband and wife team were preparing to launch on a VW TDI/Shell/Navman sponsored 48-Contiguous US State Fuel Economy World record. At the pre-launch press conference, they made mention of something that has been hanging in the back of our own motivational lockers for the last 2 months. Couple goes after lowest fuel consumption around the US. During the VW TDI press conference at the 24:45 minute mark, the following was spoken… A plan was born With CleanMPG members in Los Angeles covering the LA Autoshow plus a quick Honda Motorcycle review, why not attempt to break the recently achieved, 48-Contiguous State World Record of 58.82 mpgUS on the same trip? A few calls to Honda, ScanGauge and members, it is a go! November is not an ideal of time of the year for driving a fuel efficient hybrid with 3 individuals and their gear for a world record but this is our challenge. Success or failure really depends on the weather conditions on route although I will have some highly talented drivers taking turns behind the HCH-II’s windscreen. Introducing the 48-Contiguous State Fuel Economy World Record Attempt ************************ ************************ 48-Contiguous State FE World Record Route Map ************************ ************************ 48-Contiguous State FE World Record Route Waypoints Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5DateStart locationFinish locationMiles TraveledTotal Miles Nov. 22, 23, 24Start - Hermiston, ORWadsworth, IL2,2972,297 Nov. 25Wadsworth, ILBatavia, NY6302,927 Nov. 26, 27Batavia, NYColumbia, SC1,4794,406 Nov. 28, 29Columbia, SCMemphis, TN1,0905,496 Nov. 30, Dec. 1Memphis, TN/ARAlbuquerque, NM1,2436,739 Dec. 2Albuquerque, NMFinish – Arrowhead Junction, CA7577,496 Individual segment maps Day #1, 2 and 3: Hermiston, OR to Big Timber, MT – 631 miles, Big Timber, MT to Bismarck, ND - 636 miles, Bismarck, ND to Sioux City, IA - 553 miles, and Sioux City, IA to Wadsworth, IL - 477 miles Day #4: Wadsworth, IL to Batavia, NY - 630 miles Day #5 and 6: Batavia, NY to Frederick, MD - 984 miles and Frederick, MD to Columbia, SC - 437 miles Day #7 and 8: Columbia, SC to Biloxi, MS – 566 miles and Biloxi, MS to Memphis, TN/AR. – 524 miles Day #9 and 10: Memphis, TN/AR to Tulsa, OK – 589 miles and Tulsa, OK to Albuquerque, NM - 654 miles Day #11: Albuquerque, NM to Arrowhead Junction, CA – 757 miles Our sponsors include both ScanGauge and Honda The drivers Jennie was recently featured in the Austin to Houston FE_Challenge and both the Hypermiling_– Jennie Chen vs. Houston’s KPRC’s Amy Davis News and Local 2 Investigates Extreme Drivers: Amy Davis Reports. Justin Fons is the co-founder of the Milwaukee Hybrid Group, the largest Hybrid Group in the country. He is an old hand at Group meets! Justin’s real claim to fame came about as one of the drivers at the Insight Marathon Attempt and the World Fuel Economy Championships this past summer And probably the most fortunate and grateful, myself. Updates from the LA Auto Show, from the bike review and the 48-Contiguous State Attempt will follow periodically.