The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Transcontinental Challenge

Discussion in 'Hyundai' started by xcel, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    Hold's more drink than you :) or enough for 4 each for 3 people
     
  2. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    I don't know Kacey. He bought a case for a reasone. I think we know what the Hyper, in HyperMiling, refers to... :D
     
  3. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Wayne, I'm guessing you'll make it to approximately El Passo or Carlsbad. Weather conditions there continue to be favorable:

    It looks like you had good conditions driving today

    If you keep on your planned route, you will be good tomorrow through Texas.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  4. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Those westerly winds on Wednesday look pretty radical.

    I should have sent him one of my old T-shirts and a broom handle so he could open the moonroof and set sail for Dallas. Not that I'm admitting that my shirt size is suitable for wind power...
     
  5. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Chris,

    yes, agreed (on the wind part). I'll stay out of the post mid-life body jokes if you will ;)

    Hopefully by that time he is further across the state. and won't be in west Texas. I see he's online now so we should hear in a few what's happening.
    Paul
     
  6. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    My first day back on the Internet since Christmas Eve. Go, Wayne, go. I sure hope your mpgs go up as you do the descent from the Continental Divide and approach the warm & flat Southeast.
     
  7. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Taking a little break near the peak at 5,000 feet. What a climb and I am glad it is almost over. She is down to 56.5 mpg after the last 150 miles of climbing from sea level and I hope she has enough in her to get back into the higher 50’s before falling back down in the Plaines.

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    Sonata in Tucson, AZ last night… 58.0 – 389.5 miles out – Fuel 2 pips down.

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    Taking a break on the Mountain ;)

    Wayne
     
  8. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    And a little Hyundai trivia I found before I left…

    What and where was the first Hyundai dealership opened in the US?

    Wayne
     
  9. xcel

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

    Hi Paul:

    With the increased tail winds, what does it look like in LA, MS and AL if I slow down a touch as we might have to overnight one of Chris’ shirts and a broom handle :D

    TIA!

    Wayne
     
  10. xcel

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

    And I-10 traffic is a #(*@&$ *)@^#$%(*^@% +$)&0@&$)@&$
    !!!!
     
  11. xcel

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

    Hi Kacey

    I am good for about 3 cans and a pit stop becomes a necessity ;)

    Darrell, thanks!

    Wayne
     
  12. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Last pic before moving on again...

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    56.5 mpg over 450 miles and 10 of 12-pips left as we appoach 5,000' ASL.​

    It will be a long night of driving at this rate ;)

    Wayne
     
  13. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    So, you are in a comfy zone right now. There are some advantages to slowing down As you get towards, LA, a storm front is coming up out of gulf rain and possibly snow during the day tomorrow in east Texas. It will take Tuesday and most of Wednesday to go away.

    The flip side is a high wind warning for Wednesday through Friday in Arizona. We have to get you out of Arizona by tomorrow.

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  14. SD3_Driver

    SD3_Driver Well-Known Member

    still good numbers!!!! keep going..!!!!
     
  15. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    A few on the road pics… Maximum attention during a Transcontinental Hypermiling challenge and your snapping pics out the window??? :D

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    Out the Driver’s side window in AZ just before dusk.

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    Out the Passenger’s side window in AZ just before dusk.​

    The day time desert and mountain scenery is gorgeous!

    Those pics were taken just after crossing the 5,000 + ‘ monster that Jud’s work showed. Topped it per my last post at only 56.5 but have been working the Sonata Hybrid for all its worth to bring her back from the brink.

    Let us just say that N shuts her 2.4L down 100% of the time no matter the speed ;)

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    Deming, NM: 58.8 mpg after 598 miles and 4,400’ climb. 8 pips of 12 still left on the fuel gauge.​

    And for the fuel pip loss detail…

    Lost the first at 311.5 miles out
    Lost the second at 383.6 miles out
    Lost the third at 449.6 miles out
    Lost the fourth at 543.6 miles out

    This is going to be close no matter how good or bad the conditions are!

    Wayne
     
  16. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Answer to the previous Hyundai Trivia Question?

    What and where was the first Hyundai dealership opened in the US?

    Rick Case of Fort Lauderdale, FL. They opened their doors in 1986 and today, they are the largest Hyundai dealership in the country! I bet he is happy to be a Hyundai dealership nowadays ;)

    Next Hyundai Trivia Question: What was the first model Hyundai sold in the US? This one is an easy one.

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  17. xcel

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

    Hi Paul and Chris:

    I am in Deming, NM on my way to Las Cruces and possibly half way to Carlsbad tonight. Temps are already in the 40's and falling quickly... Should I hang back to catch the big tail wind and miss the Gulf Coast storm in LA/MS/AL? Call me on my Cell as soon as you read this!

    TIA

    SD3 Driver, I think you should come on one of these challenge drives someday because I think you would like it :)

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  18. xcel

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

    And tonight's culinary delight was?

    (2) McDonald's salads and a fry. Do two goods make up for a single bad choice? I can tell you which tasted better no matter what the answer to that question is :D

    7 Pepsi's down and 17 to go :eek:

    Laptop is down to 44% so I had better shut it down for the night.

    Oh, and the Sonata's vanity mirrors have an individual light in the ceiling vs. in the mirror surround itself. Different and kind of cool at the same time. Sun Glass holder is damped too.

    Wayne
     
  19. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Without looking for a reference, it must have been the Hyundai Excel, of Rodney King fame.
     
  20. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    I just did some calculations on the fuel gauge 12 PIPs. Based on the tank capacity of 17.2 gallons and required miles for the tank of 1157.5.

    PIP #1 vanished at 311.5 miles so each of the other 11 PIPs need to average 77 miles.

    PIPs 2, 3, & 4 achieved a total of 232.1 miles which is an average of 77.3 miles per PIP.

    The wild card will be around PIPs 11 & 12. Will the higher number PIPs vanish quicker like on the Prius?

    PIP-Miles
    1----311.5 actual
    2----383.6 actual
    3----449.6 actual
    4----543.6 actual
    5----621
    6----698
    7----775
    8----852
    9----929
    10-1006
    11-1083
    12-1160

    Does the tank hold 17.2 gallons? 18 gallons? 19 gallons? or 16.2 gallons?:eek:
     

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