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Jake Staub writes "Just replaced the gasoline engine in a Honda Insight with a Diesel engine. On a 3,000 mile cross-country shakedown journey the car averaged 92mpg over 1,800 miles. Around a very hilly town in Northwest Washington, the car is averaging 78mpg. These mileage averages are without the electric side of the vehicle fully functional. With a bit more tinkering on the electric side and through a slight gearing change through tire size, it is anticipated that the car will likely average 100mpg. The build for the car has been documented on the web site and is as close to open source as my time allows. The car was built by two guys in a garage in Southern Maryland. If we can do it I don't see any reason why major auto manufacturers can't do it since we used their parts."
http://www.99mpg.com/projectcars/redlightracingworl/
 

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That's bloomin' amazing. Incredible stuff, and that much more incredible in the realization that these guys were astute enough in the first place to brainstorm that the 3-cyl TDI would fit.

Knocked my socks off. Thanks!
 

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See a VDub motor mounted in there has to be making some Honda execs jump up and down knowing their own diesel powerplants sit offshore of North America.

Come on H, bring the diesel plants over already...push through those last reg's.
 
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