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Richmond Triumph Register - Economy Run October 30th


The Subik's forwarded me an email they got from Peter Philips of Richmond, Virginia. Peter is currently the president of the Richmond Triumph Register. Their group hosted a successful economy run last October and plan to do so again this October 30th.

HERE is a write up with pictures of their event last October.

This is great to see more clubs bringing back these fun and challenging types of events. As stated in the article, they are a really nice change from the [relatively boring] car shows that most clubs do.
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SMCC Economy Run/ Road Rally


Next up is the SMCC Economy Run/Road Rally up in Montreal on Saturday June 12th.

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Three Ecomodder teams are now firming up plans to attend this [in my opinion] very interesting challenge. All are A.M.E.C. Economy Run veterans. Martin Deschenes will be competing in his Jetta TDi with his wife and son as the navigation team. I have firmed up plans with Steve McKelvie to participate in my Sentra, and it appears that Darin Cosgrove will navigate for Will Meredith in his newly completed CRX [with a 1.0 liter Metro swap] project car.

Will there be any A.M.E.C. teams? Richard, have you considered this unique challenge? We'll head up the northway on Friday, run on Saturday, and you can still make the speedway autocross on Sunday.
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I think the timing would be a little too tight. I have to be at the speedway bright and early.
I am not into marathon trips anymore.

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A couple of weekend's ago, I participated in the Green Grand Prix fuel economy contest and alternate fuel festival down in Watkins Glen NY. There was a camera crew there from Discovery Channel CA [Canada]. They did a demonstration on how a wood burning truck works and asked myself and others to ask questions during the demonstration. They wired us up for sound and the video segment can be seen here: http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/#clip302121
 
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I found this interesting.
The new Ford Fiesta has a MPG package available.
Grille blocks, under trays, rear tire deflectors etc.
So the ECO Mods are now main stream.

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I found this interesting.
The new Ford Fiesta has a MPG package available.
Grille blocks, under trays, rear tire deflectors etc.
So the ECO Mods are now main stream.

That is interesting Richard. I hope more cars have such packages available in the future.

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Re: AMEC Economy Run events thread


This just in from the SMCC rally/economy run organizer Jeff Dungen:

There's now a section with Economy Run videos on the SMCC website. Some Top Gear stuff, some 1954 California stuff and more:

http://www.smccrally.com/videos/economyrun.htm


I love the Top Gear Supercar challenge where they all start with 1 gallon of fuel and see how many racing miles they can achieve. Ferrari = 1.7mpg, Audi = 5.0mpg.

I did a bit of research yesterday, and a Formula 1 car gets around 75L/100km fuel economy (3mpg).

So on June 12th, the F1 guys will be out qualifying on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve destroying almost a gallon a lap while not too far away, the Economy Run cars will be striving to complete the 198km (120 mile) circuit using less than two gallons of fuel!

Now, if someone were able to pull off getting that down to 1 gallon for the entire rally, what a contrast we'd have!

We're looking forward to the good ecomodder turnout!

Jeff


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SMCC Economy Run Rally


Okay, here are the details of this event from Jeff Dungen,


The rally is divided into sections.

Checkpoints can only be located at the ends of sections (EOS).

There is a given maximum time to complete each section

If there's a checkpoint at the end of the section, you can arrive early or on time without penalty.

If you arrive late at a checkpoint, your fuel economy score is penalised 2% for each whole minute.
 
If there's no checkpoint at the end of section, any "spare" time carries over to the next section.
 
The instructions are super-easy, even for novices (distance to turn with tulip diagrams).

The maximum time to complete any section is based on between 70% to 90% of the posted limits.

About half of the rally is in hilly terrain on not-so-straight roads. The other half of the rally is on level terrain mostly rural roads/highways (70-90km/h) with a bit of urban (30-50km/h) and two short autoroute transits (100km/h).

The start of the rally is in Celine Dion's hometown of Charlemagne. So if you ever needed a reason to convince your wife or girlfriend to come out... There's also a great rally-sympathetic restaurant at the end with a nice big parking lot on the water for a photoshoot of the cars (let's hope it doesn't rain).

I'm really not sure which cars will do best. The small urban component should make the hybrids happy, and the diesels should be pleased with the hilly sections. But given that a few sections are fairly brisk, a good-handling gas car may have some advantage (at least in the fun department). I suspect that competitors going for maximum economy will have to take small time penalties in the hilly sections.

I'm really hoping to get some Smarts out and also some Kei cars (the little 600cc Japanese Domestic Market cars). There are a bunch of those that have been imported to Quebec.

I think that the most fair scoring system takes into account vehicle weight (the net weight value written in the door is good enough). For instance litres per 100km per metric tonne. But at the end we'll calculate the stats (at least) three ways:

litres per 100km
litres per 100km (including time penalties)
litres per 100km per metric tonne (including time penalties)

And then subdivide into as many categories as we see fit. But at the least, gas, diesel and hybrid.

The 5.7L/100km I got with my 1090kg Toyota Levin converts to about 41mpg. Shouldn't be hard to beat that!

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Sounds well thought out and possibly a lot of calculations for the organizers but good stuff! If you are going Mike hope you do well and have fun, don’t forget your passport or enhanced drivers license!
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SMCC Economy Run/Road Rally


Thanks Dave,

I hope we have good weather for the trip. It's always more fun that way.

My navigator for this event will be Steve McKelvie. He's got a high end Alpha rally computer system. It uses an "EZ-Pulse" pickup attached to a rear wheel as it's input. Below is an example as seen on Paul Choiniere's Mazda.

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Today I built the parts I needed to install Steve's EZ-Pulse unit onto the SE-R.

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I had a set of tall lug nuts that I drilled and tapped for four 6mm x 100 screws, which I coated with LocTite and installed from the inside out. I then cut out a simple 5" round sheet metal plate with a 1/2" hole in the center. That's all you need. You can add additional bolt pattern holes to suit any car.

It will be interesting to see if the smaller, more fuel efficient cars in the event will be more successful than a more powerful, but well rounded car like the SE-R.
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