The Unofficial HybridFest Live-Blogging and photo thread 56K beware.

Discussion in 'General' started by mparrish, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

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    Here's the charge of the final numbers for the MPG Challenge. Those with a "P" are Prii, most of the rest are Insights, but 3 are FEHs...the winning FEH hit a very good 60mpg on the route.
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  2. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

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    43 mpg on a 2.3L Mazda3 that corners on 17's. First tank,,, what yeah want to bet it gets better. :)

    Good Job


    psy :)
     
  3. Fenrir

    Fenrir Well-Known Member

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    Rolled into the Clarion at 10pm with 80.8 on the dash. About what I was expecting for 60-ish mph average.

    I so wish I could've been here for the challenge. I'm dying to know all the details, but it'll have to wait- need rest, if I'm not too excited to sleep!

    I think I get the "Dirtiest Insight in the parking lot" award. Gotta get up early for a bath. :)
     
  4. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

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    I'm going to drive up in the morning ... wish I could have been there today
     
  5. Dan

    Dan KiloTanked in post 153451

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    Quick check in....

    Drive was actually easy. If your under 5'10" you can actually lay the back seat down and lay diagonal across the back. Actually got 3 hours of sleep in-route.

    By scangauge read a "today" reading of > 1200 mi

    "today" mpg of 61.something

    "today" drive time of 24.7 hours.

    "today" turned out to be
    morning commute Tue +
    early cut out of work to Dallas Tue after lunch +
    Chucks house to Wayne's house.

    Thursday cruise-in was fun and turned out to be a good time to talk strategy on the challenge.

    Friday Challenge was great fun. Jared nailed a stellar route. I got the number I was after with simply strategy... hold 1600 rpm on pulse and glide as long as possible. The course was timed, so I kept my MPH AVG above 20 to keep from disqualification. Was a bit too greedy on the EV and rolled in to the finishing "area" on 2 bars. It would still idle on electric but hitting the gas would light the ICE for sure. Made it to the finish but just barely :rolleyes:

    My car number assigned to me was "10". Turns out to be binary for SECOND :eek:

    Way to go Jared! :D

    Great Job for all!

    11011011
     
  6. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

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    Dan's " ;) " above refers to the fact that he pushed his prius, up hill, to prevent the ICE from kicking back on. The picture below shows him calling off two guys trying to be helpful and push his car up the hill. You'll notice a lack of shoes on Dan's feet as well here. There was a lot of laughing with that long uphill push.
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  7. Dan

    Dan KiloTanked in post 153451

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    I was hoping to say "uphill barefoot through the snow" but the weather was great. Two out of three though.

    The gratification came after I started pushing the ScanGuage went from 105 to 106 :D

    Have to figure out how to work pedal power into my commute.

    11011011
     
  8. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

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    boy, i remember that. i saw that movie 7 times the year it came out. can you say obssessed? can i even spell it?
     
  9. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

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    weren't there any civics there?
     
  10. krousdb

    krousdb Defiant NX-74205

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    Just wondering... How were the SG's calibrated for the Pruii? What were the settings?
     
  11. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member

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    That HAS TO BE the funniest picture ever. I assume it's ok to push by driver's manpower, and nothing more? Otherwise we'd have tow trucks lining the challenge route :D
     
  12. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

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    How about using a sail if the wind is favorable - is that permitted?
     
  13. Linda

    Linda Well-Known Member

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    Hey Dan (K),

    Miss you and Dave this year. :( Maybe next year??

    I'm not what the settings were on the gauges. I bet someone knows, though.

    We figured since we let drivers push off from a stop with their feet, why not let them push the car uphill? ;-) Seriously, never crossed my mind that someone would actually DO it until Dan, um, did it! (Speaking of Dan (B), if you missed his talk this morning, you really missed out. What a great guy. I see a lectern at HF_2008 in his future...)

    We might allow a sail, but that would fall in the "modified" category. :-D

    And last but NOT least... I want to say it was an honor to have Wayne drive my '06 CVT Insight (the one in my avatar) in the MPG Challenge. I can now claim the car placed 2nd in Division I of the HF_2007 MPG Challenge (no thanks to me). Too cool. Thanks, man!!

    peace,
    Linda
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2007
  14. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

  15. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

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    I've been so busy and/or beat the past 2 nights that I didn't
    get any chance to update things, and now it's Monday morning
    and I'm back at Wayne's house. We just caught the "good morning
    america" segment which they sensationally titled "secrets of
    the hypermilers" like it was some kind of dark art, and they
    apparently took over eight hours of positive, upbeat footage
    and crunched it into about three minutes of the WORST possible
    slant by exaggerating and dwelling on "unsafe" practices. Key
    off at high highway speed, "overinflating" tires to dangerous
    levels, the usual stuff. I got my tiny little five seconds of
    fame with the final tag they took of me where all I could think
    up at the time was the "all in favor of saving gas raise your
    right foot" thing, and a little bit of me workin' the bike pump
    on the Prius tires. No mention of Hybridfest at all. And since
    it's aired and done, there's probably no recourse to hold someone
    over there accountable for how they totally blew this story.
    .
    But on the bright side, absolute *terabytes* of pictures have
    been shot by various people over the weekend, and once I get a
    little more time I'll try to get my measly few up for grabs.
    But today I'm off to visit Steve at Autobeyours and see his
    wonderful collection of mangled Prius parts.
    .
    _H*
     
  16. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Banned

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    Heh, too true.

    I'm still at Waynes, and I've got to agree, the footage was laughably bad. How exactly were we drafting on an empty road at 15 MPH?
     
  17. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

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    Sorry to hear how Good Morning America misrepresented HybridFest. :(

    Dan just dropped me off in Dallas - he will be in Houston by 6pm.

    Plenty of pictures and postive things to report.
     
  18. xcel

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

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    Hi All:

    ___I am still catching up on posts let alone the 100’s of pics to post yet. Tom, you have Chuck’s pics on your Laptop, right? I have all of Rich’s and will begin the process in earnest this coming Firday after this set of night shifts :(

    ___For those that missed it, boy did you miss a great time. It was my pleasure to not only meet but spends a huge amount of hours with Bob (RHwinger), Jim (JimboK), Ed (Bear15), and Dan (Dan) for the first time let alone the many we post back and forth to on a daily basis here in this forum including my friends Chuck (Delta Flyer), Hobbit (Hobbit), Billy (Billy6), Randall (Highwater), Jerad (Locutus), Debbie (DebbieKatz), Gary (GaryG), Larry (Diamond Larry) and Rich (Pravus Prime) who in some cases came one hell of a long way to make it an even better event. Just seeing those we have come to respect over the years is always a welcome respite from the daily routine we deal with over the rest of the year. In other words, those that didn’t make it out, come next year as it was a great time to be had by all!

    ___A huge and public thank you to Eric, Linda, Bill, Richard, Bradlee and Justin as well as their spouses (and parents wrt Justin ;)) to allow them to do their thing while pulling off the homecoming of the year for hybrid owners, drivers and forum members the continent over. Truly incredible. I will also thank the many volunteers (over 1/3 of the registered Hybridfest attendees IIRC) for making the weekend the success that it was.

    ___And to the rest of the CleanMPG family who attended, a warm and heartfelt thank you for tracking me down and introducing yourself when you had the time let alone when I did. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. I have a cool story about IMAHybrid but more importantly, she nailed down a 105 mpg segment at the FE clinic with I believe Randall in the passenger seat.

    ___Simply to incredible for words!!!

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2007
  19. tbaleno

    tbaleno Well-Known Member

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    I didn't think the GMA video was too bad. There were some issues I would take with it, but overall it could have been MUCH worse.

    Wayne, I will upload the pictures tonight.
     
  20. efusco

    efusco He who posts articles

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    All of my photos (606 in total) have been uploaded to my flickr site. The final day was dominated by the plug-in conversion of the Prius which I had the opportunity to be named the 'official Hybridfest photographer'. I think I did a decent job documenting everything they did for the install.
    all the photos: http://flickr.com/photos/efusco/sets/72157600932471269/

    A couple teasers:
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