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Car runs along at 376.59 mpg and gets a Guinness World Record

The funny thing is that this happened 35 years ago and the car that did it was from 1959. It's not exactly a consumer vehicle, but still impressive.

Some info:
- the vehicle was a 1959 Opel T-1
- interior completely stripped except for a plastic seat for the driver
- top was chopped to lose drag
- super-hard low-friction tires used
- was driven at 30 mph
- chain drive used to lose weight
- the fuel line was insulated and heated so the gasoline entered the combustion chambers as lean vapor

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Expeliarmys5 years ago
WOW!!!
I guess MPG stands for "Miles per gallons", right ?

( ... damn, if I want to understand why Patrik seems so amazed, I'm going to be forced to translate the outdated US' units to modern international units ...)
( ... but I'm feeling so lazy today .......... )
( ... )
( ... Oh, well, let's see ................. )
( ... 376.59 miles == 606.06 kilometres ... )
( ... 1 gallon == 3.7854118 litres ... )
( ... so, 606.06 km/gallon == 160.1 km/L ... )
( ... which gives us 0.62 L/100km. )
( ... Ok. Now I need a reference to compare with. )
( ... Looking for my car handbook ... )
( ... )
( ... )
( ... Seems I've lost it ... )
( ... Ok ... Last time I fully filled the tank, I paid 50.6 Euros ( $74.38) ... )
( ... I remember it was 1.34 Euro per litre ... )
( ... So, I filled about 38 litres ... )
( ... With a full tank, I can drive up to 550 kilometres. )
( ... And I think that my tank has a maximum capacity of 40 litres. )
( ... So ....... 40/540*100 == 7.4 L/100km. )
( ... and the other car make 0.62 L/100km ?! Wow !! )
( ... Ok. Let's translate it to the outdated units so they will understand why you're amazed too. )
( ... 7.4 L/100km == 13.5 km/L ... (and the other car make 160 km/L ?! wow !))
( ... 13.5 km/L == 51.15 km/gallon == 31.78 mpg ... )

376.59 mpg ???????!!!! WOW !! Mine only runs along at 31.78 mpg !!!!!!!
Wow !! I can't believe that ......... I'm amazed !!
fungus amungus (author)  chooseausername9 years ago
Hold on... 1.34 Euro per liter?
That's 5.07 Euro per gallon and that's = $7.52 per gallon.

Yow... gas stations here are around $3.30 per gallon.

This is why we have the big cars.
Well, here you can buy 22 litters for a dollar ... I live in Venezuela, and I think it's the cheapest fuel in the world
Take a trip to Riyadh.
WOW!!!
try going to Oman, or Bahrain...i was there this summer and it worked out to something like a dollar US for 6 gallons...roughly 24 Liters
22 litres for a dollar ?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Xo( But that's unfair !!!!!!!!
Yep, in England, with all the conversions taken into account, pay $10-$12 per gallon. Its kinda weird...
Ouch. At some point, I have to wonder what us spoiled americans are complaining about, maybe we should have to pay your prices for a couple months, then we would realize how lucky we are. :(
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