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Dear All

Every year the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority in NZ runs a rally to promote energy efficient driving and highlight the fuel efficiency of various vehicles. This year two Prius II were entered and guess who came first across all classes :D

I won't spoil the surprise go to http://www.energywiserally.org.nz/

and read the results 8)

Cheers Doug - a Prius owner in NZ
 

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Just some follow up info.

From a North American perspective most of our main roads would most probably qualify as secondary. The open road speed limit, however, is 100 kmh (60 mph). For the rally I suspect that that the drivers would have been going around 70 kmh (40 mph) to maximise economy. The terrain was a mixture of flat, rolling and steeply undulating with some urban driving.

I would just like to oint out that the winning driver is an ex Formula One (Grand Prix) driver, so old dogs can learn new tricks.

Dear Moocatdog I don't think my wife would appreciate it if you did :lol:

Cheers Doug
 

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Dear All

In my last message I indicated that I thought that during the rally the Prius was driving at around 40 mph. Well I just checked the rules and found this:

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Minimum stage times will be set in accordance with 'real world' driving conditions, determined by pre-event testing. This will involve cruising at the 100 km/h legal limit on suitable stretches of road wherever safe and practicable, as well as overtaking slower traffic at every reasonable opportunity. Cars will be timed out and in. A 5% 'buffer' will be calculated into the pre-set stage times, and lateness beyond this will incur a fuel consumption penalty of 1% per minute late for the stage. This penalty will not be applied in the event of unforseen road, weather or traffic conditions resulting in delays to a significant number of entrants. An odometer reading will be taken at the start and finish of each leg.

Entrants are strongly advised to adhere to the 100 km/h open-road speed (where road conditions allow) right from the early part of each stage, as time lost through going too slowly will be very difficult to make up. The route book will provide interim sector times to enable participants to monitor their progress during each stage and make necessary adjustments.

'Drafting' any vehicle, or 'coasting' in neutral is not permitted and in fact constitutes dangerous driving. It is the duty of all entrants to drive in a manner that does not attract attention and adheres to New Zealand traffic law.

So the result is even more impressive. Good grief I love this car.

Doug
 
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