48-Contiguous State Fuel Economy World Record Attempt

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    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 :)


    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

    DateStart 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.
  2. lamebums

    lamebums Member

    This should be interesting. Wishing I could have done it though class made it an impossibility.

    Who wants to try and do 2500 miles in an Insight next summer. :D
  3. applemac*fit

    applemac*fit Well-Known Member

    Wow - lots of miles ahead of you! This will definitely be interesting.
  4. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

    Do you guys really want to take I-44 from Springfield, MO to Tulsa? There are rural highways that would be a lot more conducive to hypermiling and adds only about 16 miles...but quite a bit more time I admit.
  5. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    I wish you great success.
  6. shifty35

    shifty35 Well-Known Member

    Holy crap, SAHM FTW!

    Too bad it's gonna be so effin cold.

    Grill block / WAI?
  7. Mike78

    Mike78 Well-Known Member

    Not to sound like a troll, and truly with all due respect because I firmly believe that Wayne has done some astounding and great work for conservation, but with the comment so blatently added to attempt to dispell the belief that hypermiling and illegal driving acts are synonymous, where is the mention that this event will in fact NOT involve dangerous and illegal driving practices? I saw no mention of this. Can we get the drivers to sign an oath that they will obey all traffic laws?
  8. ascribe2thelord

    ascribe2thelord Recreational Hypermiler

    I find it awesome that you are going through Columbia.

    Maybe you guys can chill somewhere in the Congaree Vista?
  9. jdhog

    jdhog Hyper Smiler

    Go for it!

    When you smash the record you can send the Aussie a dictionary with a true definition of hypermiling LoL

    Just kidding, it's all good, any member of cleanmpg can tell you hypermilers do not draft trucks, idiots do!
  10. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Last weekend, on I-80 from NEPA to LI, the big rigs were passing me like I was standing still. The radio, as usual, was preaching doom&gloom for the inbound GWB ("Over an hooouur on the 95 express and not much better on the local and the other approaches"), so I decided to wait out the delay the way I usually do. I took a nice easy 45-50mph drive (PSL is 55-65 along the way). As one 18 wheeler blew past me one lane over at a bit over 70mph (20mph more than me), I felt the air current pull the car ahead. It was heading slightly downhill, just enough to keep my speed constant during DFCO coasting, and I saw the speedometer bump 1mph higher as the truck passed by.

    It's called Traffic Side Draft - It has the "d" word in there, but has nothing to do with tailgating and is not the least bit dangerous or illegal. And it works wonderfully. Just as November's dead leaves get pulled off the road surface and fly along behind a car driving down the street, the speeding vehicles in the next lane increase your fuel economy by creating the air currents that lower your car's "air speed". So as we wish Wayne and crew well, we will pray for "light but fast moving" traffic so they can enjoy a strong side draft.
  11. Skwyre7

    Skwyre7 Well-Known Member

    Bon voyage et bon chance.
  12. jdhog

    jdhog Hyper Smiler

    Ok thanks for clearing that up, I need to reword that statement:

    Any member of cleanmpg can tell you hypermilers do not tailgate trucks, idiots do! But they don't mind a little traffic side draft here and there....

    Maybe he can send me a dictionary with definitions of hypermiling also.
  13. jstol3

    jstol3 Well-Known Member

    It will be a truly challenging task this time of year. Best of luck and skillfful hypermiling!
  14. tasdrouille

    tasdrouille Well-Known Member

    Rotate the route map 90 degrees counter clockwise. Looks like a kangaroo with a backpack on...lol

    Good luck.
  15. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    I'll see if they want to stop by the Vista, is anything open Thanksgiving night?
  16. pdk

    pdk Beacon of Sanity

    One of these times I'll be able to come on a cross-country run.

    Good luck, and take care, and if you'll be swinging by Madison, let me know.
  17. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Are you passing through the Elkhart area on the 25th? Unfortunately I'll probably be at work when/if you do.:(
  18. lamebums

    lamebums Member

    If you guys can route that a little closer (it doesn't seem to be less than five hours in either direction)...
  19. Xringer

    Xringer Older Member

    I see a little loop-de-loop in Peabody MA. Are you planning a lunch stop there?
    Where maybe Boston area Hypermilers can come by and meet the competitors?
  20. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Wayne and Justin just left Harrisburg, IL. They drove down and applied the front window graphic at "Girls in the Garage" in Carrier Mills. Dropped off a couple of Scangauges at my house and headed to Cairo, IL. (via McDonalds of course)

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