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All on one tank of fuel

Euphro says:

Yes, actually. I use a deuterium/tritium mix.

(I was wondering how long it would take for someone to throw that in :D I didn't expect it on the first comment :) )

4th Aug 2006, 09:55


You got almost 70 km on a mix of what again? How does that work?

4th Aug 2006, 19:05

Euphro says:

Sorry for any confusion, the above is a joke :) I actually got 530 miles on one tank of diesel (57 litres).

4th Aug 2006, 23:20

rikaitch says:

Did you run out, or was that when you filled up?

4th Aug 2006, 23:21

Euphro says:

That was when I filled up :) We don't have the car long so I've been curious about how economical it is.

4th Aug 2006, 23:22

rikaitch says:

What car is it, and what engine?

4th Aug 2006, 23:23

Euphro says:

A VW Sharan with the 1.9 TDi engine (115 PS). It works out at pretty much spot on for the combined cycle (~42 MPG). We're driving to Austria later this month so I should see even better numbers then :)

4th Aug 2006, 23:26

rikaitch says:

And a Sharam is hardly streamlined. Did you use aircon or anything?

4th Aug 2006, 23:30

Euphro says:

I used the aircon last week, but not this. It's giving a lot better fuel economy than my old Mondeo, despite weighing one and a half times as much :)

4th Aug 2006, 23:32

rikaitch says:

I had a mondeo once, a 1.8TDi zetec. I was getting 60mpg out of that.

4th Aug 2006, 23:36

Euphro says:

Wow, that's impressive. I've got a 2.0 Zetec, but it's getting on a bit for a petrol (140k on the clock). I'll be moving to a diesel when it finally shuffles off its mortal coil.

4th Aug 2006, 23:39

rikaitch says:

I once did 910 miles in one go in it. It took me 14 hours, and apart from 20 minute breaks I was non-stop. The car only had 300 miles when I got it.

4th Aug 2006, 23:41

Euphro says:

That's a pretty epic piece of driving. Was it in the UK?

4th Aug 2006, 23:43

rikaitch says:

Yeah, starting in Greenock to the west of Glasgow, over to Edinburgh, down the A1 & M1 to London,around the M25, down to Eastbourne, along the south coast to Southampton, up the A34 to Newbury, and then back home to Swansea along the M4. I hurt after that day.

4th Aug 2006, 23:48

Euphro says:

Almost a 'round trip! Stunning.

4th Aug 2006, 23:51

JokerXL says:

Ha! I did over a thosand miles on one tank last week!
(800 liter tank)

5th Aug 2006, 13:21

Euphro says:

Wow, that's only six miles to the gallon. Even a Bugatti Veyron does better than that. I'd no idea that trucks were so heavy on fuel.

5th Aug 2006, 13:24

JokerXL says:

(tank wasn't empty)
it'll do 3km to the liter if you're lucky, what's that in mpg?
3x4.5=13.5km per gallon
13.5km = +/- 8miles
So (roughly) 8mpg (?)

5th Aug 2006, 13:51

Euphro says:

Still really surprisingly low. What are the stats for the engines (cylinders, cc, BHP/PS, torque, etc)?

5th Aug 2006, 13:56

JokerXL says:

6 Cylinder in-line, 12.4 litre
480bhp @ 1900 rpm
Torque 2300 Nm @ 1050-1400 rpm

5th Aug 2006, 21:44

Euphro says:

That is actually a massive amount of power, but I suppose, when you are pulling 30 or 40 tonnes it puts it in perspective :)

5th Aug 2006, 21:53

JokerXL says:

Never enough.
Drag yourself over the "Snake pass" with a full load, 40+tons, and things start to slow down.

5th Aug 2006, 22:00

Euphro says:

Looking at the engine specs, if you could apply the same kind of output that has been achieved with car diesels (say the new BMW X3), you would be looking at 1100 BHP, but the 2000 Nm of torque would be available to you from 1750 to 2750 RPM. With the right gearbox, that should make a difference :)

5th Aug 2006, 22:09

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