Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

How To Get 70 MPG

Yes, this really is a full double garage. It’s an illusion!

With an unseasonable blast of warmth, it was the ideal weekend to take the snow tires off the Insight. I washed the car first, so that the slippery aerodynamical cleanliness combined with the super low-rolling resistance tires would get me super-mega awesome mileage.

I drove up to BPZ’s new house achieving a decent 4.5L/100 km. I crossed the 4-inch wide river of muddy doom created by his car-washing neighbour, and nestled the little hybrid into the furniture-filled garage.

In a few minutes I had the two front tires off, and we all stood around giggling and pointing at the tiny brakes. Yes, size does matter.

After we had our fun, I loaded the two snow tires into the back, causing drive-home suckage. Having six wheels, mileage wasn’t as good as it could be. Granted, the four wheels actually bolted on the car served me well, rolling appropriately down the highway and all. But the two in the back were useless. Dead weight, essentially.

When I arrived home, the Fuel Consumption Display read 4.0L/100 km (or 70.6 mpg), even after dodging through narrow neighbourhood streets to locate the fire. It wasn’t the best, but it’ll do pig, it’ll do.

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Blogger Vengelyne said...

Ooh... the Insight's out! Time flies... it was just a short while ago when you packed it up for the winter or something?

Or have I been missing that long? :)

1:01:00 PM

Blogger K said...

Size DOES matter. Sorry guys, it's true. :)

1:41:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Hey Venge, you're still around? Actually, it was the DeLorean that got packed away for the winter. We just slapped some snow tires on the Insight for the winter.

3:35:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

And K, I'm proud to say that my Talon (and it's 11" brakes) is truly an extension of me.

3:38:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

uhhh, size AND consumption or just the size that matters?

7:37:00 PM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

Of course, I'm still around. =) I've always enjoyed reading your posts, just that the past few months have been bad.

But I am thinking of making a comeback... maybe a weekend blogging thingy. Not sure yet. :)

Oh, ok... the Delorean is the Back To The Future car, right? It's all coming back to me now... uh huh.

10:18:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Yep, Biff, McFly and the Doc! Well, I think if you decide to make a comeback, you should make it grand. Y'know HUGE. Because, as you can see, the theme here is "Size Counts!"

10:21:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

I firmly believe that it's not the size - it's what you can do with it!

9:50:00 AM

Blogger Kev And Charlotte said...

That sound you cannot hear is my jealousy. It's odorless, tasteless, and one of the more deadly poisons known to man.

11:07:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

You gotta ditch that Pontiac and maybe get the new GM Volt! Can't wait till that puppy hits the showrooms!

4:49:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

I got to say it ......MINES BIGGER!

12:42:00 PM


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