Hypermiling Modifications

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Hypermiling Modifications

Postby frv » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:56 am

Karl suggested we start a discussion on mods we could all do to help our mpg figures.
Who would like to start?
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby greenman » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:24 am

Biggest modification - buy a more fuel efficient car!!?
Mind you easier said than done.
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby frv » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:43 am

I know what you mean but I intend on keeping mine for years so I want to do the best I can with what I've got!
I only owe £1500 on it on an interest free car loan at work.
There must be a balance between adding something to your car to make it more aerodynamic but adding weight in some circumstances to achieve it.
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby Karl » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:40 pm

The cheapest way is to reduce overall weight. Problem is that cars these days are so complex that it just wouldn't be worth it.

I stripped out an XR2 back in the day and it went like sh1t off a shovel. Don't know what difference it made to the MPG as I wasn't really bother back then.

I certainly wouldn't even consider taking stuff off the Skoda.

Maybe some Eco tyres?
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby frv » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:27 am

I've got a couple of Michelin Energy tyres on the front already, try to keep weight down but on commute I've usually got 2 passengers - I'll tell them to go on a diet :lol: .
What about blanking off some or all of the radiator grill?
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby Karl » Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:12 pm

haha! Not sure I would go playing with anything that would effect engine cooling. Last thing I would want it to be stuck in a traffic jam with steam pouring from the engine bay.

Taping up all the panel and bumper gaps might be a way forward. Not sure how much difference it would make though.
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby frv » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:24 am

As I thought - I know some people do it though.
Can't think taping up panel gaps, etc. would make much difference and if not done with a bit of care would look a bit of a bu99er like James May's did on recent Top Gear :lol:
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby ssaaaabb » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:08 pm

Right, You want to hear about some hypermiling mods ?


here are some ideas :)

use steel wheels instead of alloys

free flow cone air filter, with warm air intake if possible

extra under hood insulation

use 0w 20/30w thin fully synthetic oil ( if your able to )

remove spoliers

Fold back unused passenger side mirror ( legally just need drivers ) ;)

buy thinnest eco tyres per car spec ( and over inflate them but not too silly )

spray out ALL of your washer fluid, Then top up to 500 Ml of water - If wet weather dont worry!! extra water easy to buy/find ( standard resovour holds few litres!! )

Lose weight yourself!

Unless you are doing tankfull challenges ect, try and keep petrol in tank below a quarter.

remove shark fin / ariels

lightweight windows

get the car Lowered

remove badges

relapce leather seats with lighter fabric seats

remove boot carpet

remove car stereo, and speakers ( unless you must have stereo in which case get a cheap portable tiny one )

remove floor rubber/ carpet matts

wear light-weight jackets, not leather.... Dress lightly this includes shoes !

Remove un-used head-rests

keep glovebox, side storage bits empty

remove sun visors and fit sun strip

get car remapped for economy


Obviosly, Most people would like to keep some creature comforts in their cars.......... So pick what you like off this list and happy hypermiling :)
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Re: Hypermiling Modifications

Postby frv » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:51 pm

You got me thinking there.
I could actually remove 2 of my 5 floor mats when it's my commute and bunt them in the garage.
I sometimes fold my mirrors in (they are powered mirrors).
I always fill the tank to the brim and run it to nearly empty - I like to try and get as many miles from a tank as poss.
I don't like spending time filling up, my tanks usually last 4 to 5 weeks.
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