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Avion car goes border to border on one tank of diesel


Back in 1984, Craig Henderson and Bill Green built a one-of-a-kind super fuel-efficient car called the Avion. In 1986, it set the Guinness world record for fuel economy by averaging 103.7USmpg (2.27L/100km) while driving from the Mexican to Canadian borders. Unlike most autos from that era, the Avion is still on the road... and breaking its own records. In October 2008, Henderson and Green achieved 113.1mpg (2.08 L/100km) on a 263-mile (423 km) trip in the US Pacific Northwest. Then, this August 29th, they departed from Blaine, Washington (adjacent to the Canadian border) and drove 1,478 miles (2,379 km) to the Mexican border. They used just 12.4 US gallons (46.94 L) of diesel and set a new record of 119.1mpg (1.97L/100km).

In highway tests prior to this latest cross-America trip, the current incarnation of the Avion has managed a reported 80mpg at 70mph (2.94 L/100km at 112.65km/h), and 114mpg at 55mph (2.06 L/100km at 88.51km/h). On this trip, said Henderson, they averaged 55mph. They did stop to rest at night, but never refueled Ė on reaching Mexico, there was still approximately 6.1 gallons (23.09 L) of fuel in the carís 18.5-gallon (70.03 L) tank.

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This is really ugly to look at every time you load the home page

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Hahaha! Very true, but the efficiency speaks for itself. Diesel Power!

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Actually... is this thing even powered by a diesel engine? I went to the site and scoped around for a bit... the only engine specification I can see says

Engine*: Chrysler/Shelby Turbo
Type: 4-cylinder OHC, electronic fuel injection.
Bore/Stroke: 3.44"/3.62"
Displacement: 2.2 liter
Compression Ration: 8.1:1
Fuel System: Bosch electronic fuel injection
Turbocharger: Garret air research T3
Waste Gate: Integral
Maximum Boost Pressure: 9.0 psi
Valve Gear: Belt-driven single overhead cam
Power (SAE net): 146 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 168-lbs-ft @ 3600 rpm
Redline: 6000 rpm

I don't think this is diesel power but still awesome mpg nevertheless

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Actually... is this thing even powered by a diesel engine? I went to the site and scoped around for a bit... the only engine specification I can see says

Engine*: Chrysler/Shelby Turbo
Type: 4-cylinder OHC, electronic fuel injection.
Bore/Stroke: 3.44"/3.62"
Displacement: 2.2 liter
Compression Ration: 8.1:1
Fuel System: Bosch electronic fuel injection
Turbocharger: Garret air research T3
Waste Gate: Integral
Maximum Boost Pressure: 9.0 psi
Valve Gear: Belt-driven single overhead cam
Power (SAE net): 146 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 168-lbs-ft @ 3600 rpm
Redline: 6000 rpm

I don't think this is diesel power but still awesome mpg nevertheless
The motor is a 799 cc CDI Mercedes Three-Cylinder Diesel
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The motor is a 799 cc CDI Mercedes Three-Cylinder Diesel
Ah yes, i see it now... "The Avion is powered by an 800cc, 67hp diesel engine." I went to a different site that didn't have the diesel facts on it. It appears that they've changed several specifications from time to time.

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I think I can get close to that with my PSD with a few mods

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I think I can get close to that with my PSD with a few mods
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