I saw this today:
While obviously homemade up close it look fairly decent, construction-wise.
I should know those taillights...what is it based on?
The spoiler on the red mustang behind it is terrible. As far as hypermiling goes I get it, but as a car enthusiast I would never consider it. I enjoy driving too much and I'd rather waste my money on gas then drive something ugly or slow. I wish he spent more time on the front. It looks like a retarded Saturn SL.
but he also needs to put a lens over those lights, that a huge drag bucket sitting on the hood.
also needs to drop the passenger mirror... and get a better driver mirror.
like this. but even better if he just skips the outside mirror all together.
no outside mirror.
I gotta ask.......is the labor/material costs to build this monster offset by the increased MPG and subsequent cost savings? In other words, is it worth the effort/money to do something like this just to save a small amount in fuel costs by increasing the MPG?
It's like the people who sell their paid for 1975 pickup truck that gets 10 MPG in favor of a $30K eco car that gets +40mpg just to "save" money on fuel costs. It makes no sense to me.
No but seriously, for a big part it's also about dependency. All these preppers and doomsday predictors might have a point. If the government will ever put a ration on the amount of gas that you can buy you'll be thanking the stars for every mpg you can squeeze out.
The car could probably average 50mpg with minor mods and hypermiling.
If he got the materials and labor cheap. And can average 100mpg. That is can easily add up to HUGE savings.
If they are driving 5k miles a year the effort is dumb, or 'just to do it'... like climbing a mountain.
If they drive big miles per year... you know those people that drive 200 miles round trip commutes, etc... the savings is easily bigger than the time and money to get to this mileage.
I won't lie I kind of like it, hypermilling is like the Linux of the car world, I guess I'm just a big nerd but its just as awesome as a classic or supercar but is also the complete opposite...
"like it or not, the bodywork and paint looks top notch."
I don't understand these types of posts, it's almost as if these people have never seen a true masterpiece in metal. This looks like a hackjob, and judging by the drywall screws it's likely plywood underneath. That's how you build a ****ing ice fishing shanty people. These cars were deathtraps to begin with. Congratulations, it's now a maintenance nightmare and will likely catch on fire. No wonder why you guys are fapping over it.
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I think it's ugly. It is pretty cool that you could build a car that could possibly get over 200mpg. If anything it was probably a fun little project for someone. Some people go to extreme lengths to make their car as low as possible. This guy just went to extreme lengths to get the best MPG's possible. It would be neat to see this guy make another high MPG car but this time do a really good job on it and make it look nice. It'd be cool to say you "made' your own car.
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