Well hello everyone! I know its been ages since I've been around here and I wanted to check in and post up some news of my own. I log in to these forums from time to time to see whats new in the fuel economy world but since I got rid of the insight I've just been chugging away using all the normal techniques on the replacement for the Insight. For the back story, Several years ago, when I was much more active on these forums, Wayne was generous enough to invite me to Detroit with him for the auto show. I had a wonderful experience there and during several conversations with Wayne we talked about how do we get more people interested into fuel economy? The problem is that many people don't want to give up their sports cars or pickup trucks, but wouldn't mind getting better fuel mileage. Certainly it would help if we could somehow teach everyone proper high mileage driving techniques, but in the end, there are just some cars that "can't" get good mileage... or can they? While I was in Michigan with Wayne I reconnected with the love of my life the week after the auto show was over. She moved back down to NC with me and we got married. We've been happily married for just over 5 years now! Shortly after we got married I ended up selling the Insight because I wanted something a bit more practical to haul around our dogs and any future children. I purchased a 2000 Saturn SL1 manual everything and continued to drive using all the techniques I had learned on the Insight. It got great fuel mileage and I still have it to this day. I only averaged mid 40's with it in mostly urban (a far cry from what I used to get in the Insight) but I was happy with that seeing how the revised EPA figures were 29 combined. Now I'm not sure if Wayne remembers the stories of my past involvement with racing and the sports car world. I can remember seeing the Fiskar Karma at the show and being all excited about it. I'm sure Wayne just rolled his eyes and my excitement but he at least could see where I was going with this. To get people to truly buy into the whole fuel economy idea, you need to build a halo car that is exciting. Get motorsports involved in fuel economy and you'll start seeing a change. Once people realize that you can have a “fast” or “fun to drive” car and still be eco friendly... which brings us to where I'm at now. Its been many years since I was involved in racing. The draw of track driving was just to irresistible so I set out to buy a new car that could accomplish everything I wanted in a fun car. I've always been a huge Subaru fan and have owned several. The last was a pretty heavily tuned 05 Sti that I tracked on an occasional basis. That thing was horrendous on gas but man was it fast. Now obviously now that I'm several years older and my priorities have changed quite a bit, but I still wanted something sporty. If I could afford a Tesla Model S, that would be my first choice, but sadly that is far far far out of my price range. Enter my new car... Its a 2013 Subaru BRZ. Yep, I know what you're thinking. Why is this guy on here showing pictures of a sports car on a fuel economy forum? Well, I'll tell you! Just because its a sports car doesn't mean it can't get great fuel economy! The EPA combined rating for the manual BRZ is 25mpg's. That's not terrible for a sports car, but in the fuel economy world that's abysmal! Well I'm here to tell you that this car is surprisingly amazing on fuel economy if driven like a hypermiler. I've already got my ECU re-programmer and working on a custom tune for fuel economy as well as tunes for my track days. Who says you can't have it all?! Just normal day to day driving (with admittedly a few gratuitous spurts of performance thrown in from time to time) My first couple of tanks have been averaging in the low to mid 30's. So I decided to see last tank what exactly I could do with this car. I wasn't let down I averaged a 40.1 mpg tank in this fairly sporty car. I know there are some pretty differing opinion's on E85 around here, and admittedly I've gone back and forth on my opinion on the subject, but I'm currently running a tune based around E85. This is accomplishing several things for me: Its letting me advance my timing quite a bit to get more horsepower safely and use a fuel that is considerably cheaper than 93 octane. Automatically you are going to say I'm going to get terrible fuel mileage with E85 but my first impressions are that I should end up averaging in the mid to low 30's! Hopefully I can work out a tune specifically for mileage to see exactly what I can get with this car soon, but I'm guessing something in the 50's isn't out of the realm of possibilities. Hope everyone is doing well and I'll be checking in from time to time to update this post with my progress.