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Journeys : Apr May 2011
The first ten kays seemed like an endless incline, with a short downhill twisty bit followed by quite a steep climb. Constant anticipation about the road ahead was imperative, shifting back gears at just the right time so I maintained momentum but didn’t over-rev or labour the engine. The road then flattened out and even allowed some dow nhill r unning. At this point you might think to f lick the car into neutral – you’d be wrong! Allowing the car to run in-gear with a closed throttle completely shuts-off fuel deliver y – but running in neutral allows the engine to idle and use fuel. I was approaching 32 kilometres and I could see a colleague from R A A pulled off to the side of the road ahead. I was still going strong and I passed him at 32.6 kilometres with a smile on my face. At least I would have bragging rights at our next Australia’s Best Cars meeting! The smile on my face was even bigger as I hit 38 kilometres, with Ed Ordinski ’s benchmark w ithin sight. From here I would get out and push to get past him – but it wasn’t required, as I sailed past. Surely this thing would run out soon? But on and on it went, until just over 42 kilometres, when the engine coughed and then stalled. I rolled to a stop with an unbelievable 42.6 kilometres on the logger. When the support crew turned up they were too amazed I got that far and there was plenty of back-slapping and handshakes at the new benchmark. I was feeling pretty smug and quietly confident I had the wood on the field. Over the next couple of days three more waves of motor ing journalists were coming through – would I be feeling so smug after ever yone had competed? In shor t, no – three others managed to top my run, with the winner reaching an astonishing 47 kilometres – on a milk carton of diesel! I was happy with my result, though – 2.3L/100km. Theoretically, I could dr ive a VW Polo 66TDI from Melbourne Airport to Noosa Beach on one 45-litre tank. At that rate, I could just about book an extra night in the new RACV Noosa Resort and still have something left over for a nice bottle of red with dinner! My tips for economical driving • R aise your eye level and anticipate traffic conditions so momentum can be maintained • Moving a car from a stationary position increases consumption considerably. This also includes leaving a bit more distance to the car in front of you • Shift up gears at lower revs – diesel engines particularly work well with this method • Use ver y light throttle applications • Only use the air conditioning when required • Reduce travelling speeds but be aware of traffic conditions and travel speeds for that particular road • Ensure your tyres are properly inf lated and your vehicle is regularly ser viced • Don’t carr y any excess weight in the vehicle. If you aren’t going to use it, take it out • Switch the engine off if you are likely to be stationar y for more than ten seconds • Gain momentum on dow nhill sections to get you over uphill sections • Avoid peak hour traffic where possible VW donated $10 for every kilometre achieved on the One Litre Challenge to the Queensland flood appeal. The nine participants raised $3280 – Darren Moody’s personal contribution was $426. Clockwise from above left: Darren watches as his litre of fuel is added; the Think Blue Polo; sealing the tank flap Life on the move April / May 2011 25
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