I smell a conspiracey theory. I believe the oil companies have and do what you say as far as other technologies especially, but to say they would be out of business? No way. There will always be oil consumption especially by the military.you guys are crazy. gas is at what? 3.20 a gallon now? you don't think that the oil companies don't purchase some technology that drastically increases gas prices so they can stay in business?
we've had technology to greatly stretch a gallon of gas for years. oil companies buy it up and file it away. its a multi-billion dollar business, if we only used a gallon of gas or less per week they'd be out of business and we can't have that.
Exactly CanI have pulled 55 mpg from a 1971 VW Superbeetle, and that was using a few tricks I learned here and there. The trip was from Memphis, TN to Palmer, TX. 11 gallon tank, 8.5 gallons to fill it once I arrived. I was easy on it the whole way, and never went past 65. This is someone without an engineering degree or any major education past high school.
Now add to that an actual engineer and a wild imagination, and it doesn't sound too far fetched. Overall mass and drag are the two worst enemies of fuel economy. Cut down on them (remove excess weight and lower the vehicle to decrease under vehicle turbulence), and the picture gets more clear.
Yeah they're holding out on us, but we as consumers are at fault too. We want bigger compact cars, with more power and room, so they build em' heavier, bigger, safer and faster.I remember borrrowing a POS 1989 Pontiac LeMans when I was 16 to drive to Seattle. That car got nearly 45mpg driving to Seattle and back, it was a 4-spd--no OD.
Economy cars today can only muster 35mpg? Something is seriously wrong.
They lost that go-cart feel as well. We just have to admit that despite millions wanting more fuel efficient vehicles, creature comforts win out each and every time, with performance hanging high up there with them. We know that, and so do those who build these cars.The "new" (BMW) Mini weighs over twice what the original Mini weighed too.
You know it on the driving tricksSmokey Yunick built more than one car with a claimed 100+ mpg capability. Prior to his death he was working on a K-car posting 150 mpg with a 13 second quarter mile capability.
Pure Oil Company used to run an economy run on a regular basis resulting in cars going 300+ miles on a gallon of gas. Among the many tricks used by the entrants were skinny tires with 100 psi of nitrogen, extreme drive ratios, reduced weight (minimum oil/water levels), body skirting and lowered suspensions. A few years ago my uncle gave me a bunch of 1960s Popular Science magazines featuring this event.
More recently I read of several folks who routinely get 70+ mpg on mostly stock cars by using driving techniques that would irritate most drivers unlucky to follow them. These guys anticipate stoplights by easing off the gas and coasting, drive on the painted shoulder line (to gain a smoother surface on the right wheels) and accelerate at tortoise-like rates.
Most of us can easily get better mileage (even in our Broncos) but it takes a dedicated change in driving habits.