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Ford's two approaches to the throttle

Posted by Bill Griffith  April 30, 2009 01:43 PM

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NASCAR driver Carl Edwards had quite a weekend – going from a high speed wreck to participating in a record-setting "hypermiling" event.

Edwards, who drives for the Roush Fenway team, had victory in sight in last Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.   Coming to the finish, he tried to shut the door on challenger Brad Keselowski and wound up getting bumped and spinning out, then going airborne and hitting the safety fence.  The video clip was shown so widely even non-racing fans have seen by now.

After extricating himself from the wrecked car, Edwards jogged the remaining 100 or so yards to the finish line.

Meanwhile, another Ford team, one that was trying to surpass 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas in a Fusion Hybrid, was driving loops in the Washington D.C. area all weekend.

Edwards was able to join them Sunday night despite "a bit of a headache." He put in some time driving, including being at the wheel when the car passed the 1,000-mile mark.

But the Fusion kept going, finally rolling to a stop at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday after 1,445 miles, averaging 81.5 miles per gallon – far above the 59 m.p.g. needed to reach 1,000 miles.  The Fusion Hybrid’s EPA city rating is 41 m.p.g.

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2 comments so far...
  1. How the he11 did they get 81mpg? That's *incredibly* hard to pull off with a real car, as opposed to an glider-on-wheels experimental vehicle or an egg on bicycle tires (Prius/Insight). Hats off to Ford, they've nearly broken the laws of physics!

    Posted by How'd they do that? May 1, 09 11:34 PM
  1. damn simple, they should have asked Toyota/ Honda some 10 years back..
    buy japanese, screw american.. LOL

    Posted by hadji May 2, 09 12:18 PM

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