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Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby simonbuk » Sat 21.05.2016, 10:55

Just wondered what might be the best MPG expected on a long run ?

If you had a few hundred miles to do on some roads where you could stick to 70'ish all the way what would be a reasonable estimate to expect ?

40 mpg ?

(I did try to search for mpg but it says nothing found - I'm sure the search function mal-functions !)
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby Rambo » Sat 21.05.2016, 11:09

I think you are a bit optimistic. S2's will get slightly better mileage than SE's but on a 300 mile run (mainly motorways and fast roads) I can regularly get 32/33 mpg. However I never stick to 70 :burnout:
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby simonbuk » Sat 21.05.2016, 11:22

Really ? Only 32/33 ? I would litrally be sitting at 70 driving to the south of France on motorways , A roads.........
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby Rambo » Sat 21.05.2016, 11:31

I think the speed limit on French motorways is 100kph (62 mph) so you could get closer to your 40 mpg. And you have the added advantage of an O2 sensor in the S2 and they are slower too :poke:

I'll check my records over 13 years tovsee my best mpg figures but I do tend to have a heavy right foot :burnout:
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 13:31

Rambo wrote:I think you are a bit optimistic. S2's will get slightly better mileage than SE's but on a 300 mile run (mainly motorways and fast roads) I can regularly get 32/33 mpg. However I never stick to 70 :burnout:


Wondering why Rambo ... :? SE has 10% more bhp but S2 is 8% heavier ... I'd have thought it more down to driving style than anything. Drive it like a Prius owner and you'll get good mpg, but drive it on the turbo like an Elan owner and you won't. Must admit I find the Fuel Gauge the least interesting, if It gets near 'E' I just fill it and reset the trip which has usually got to about 260 miles.

I've been to 5 Lotus owners meets in last 10 days, covered 490 miles, and filled it twice. Driving in the company of Evora 400's. Elise 1.8's and Exiges meant mpg wasn't priority but fill-ups were 40.7 litres and 40.1 litres and reckon 28 mpg when I'm driving 'with elan' - not slowing down much for corners saves fuel but costs in replacement tyres.. :lol:
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 13:32

Rambo wrote:I think the speed limit on French motorways is 100kph (62 mph) so you could get closer to your 40 mpg. And you have the added advantage of an O2 sensor in the S2 and they are slower too :poke:

I'll check my records over 13 years tovsee my best mpg figures but I do tend to have a heavy right foot :burnout:


No, its 110kph or 130kph on Peage. (if it's raining 130 drops to 110)
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby Giniw » Sat 21.05.2016, 13:45

:agree:
(and it's already boring at 130, thank goodness it's not 100 :-D)

It's not always true that free motorway is limited to 110, but still it's 95% true indeed. Sometimes it's 130. But when unsure just asume it's 110 indeed ^^

As for the controls, there is a 10% margin if the speed camera is embeded in a moving car, and 5% if the speed camera is not moving.
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 14:28

Giniw wrote::agree:
(and it's already boring at 130, thank goodness it's not 100 :-D)

It's not always true that free motorway is limited to 110, but still it's 95% true indeed. Sometimes it's 130. But when unsure just asume it's 110 indeed ^^

As for the controls, there is a 10% margin if the speed camera is embeded in a moving car, and 5% if the speed camera is not moving.


I didn't find 130 boring... oh, sorry, did you mean kph? :lol:

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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby tb10 » Sat 21.05.2016, 14:30

The best I ever saw was 380 miles from a tank when I drove back from Edinburgh and I was doing approx 65mph (as the head gasket had gone!!) To be frank, I was amazed!

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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby simonbuk » Sat 21.05.2016, 14:32

Whats the tank capacity ??!! (You can tell I'm new can't you !!)
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 15:00

simonbuk wrote:Whats the tank capacity ??!! (You can tell I'm new can't you !!)


46 litre / 10.2 gallons.

Have you driven to south of France before? I've done it frequently so can offer some advice but won't ...er.. 'teach grandma to suck eggs' I think is the expression.
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby simonbuk » Sat 21.05.2016, 15:59

I have once before a few years back but can't remember too much about the drive down. Don't know if I'll be doing it yet, trying to work out how much it's going to cost me to get my car to Majorca !!

I'll have a word with you if I decide to come back and get my car !!
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 17:30

simonbuk wrote:I have once before a few years back but can't remember too much about the drive down. Don't know if I'll be doing it yet, trying to work out how much it's going to cost me to get my car to Majorca !!

I'll have a word with you if I decide to come back and get my car !!



Mmmm... seems to be a lot of wet stuff in the way and I have no experience of that - only advice is 'don't try driving on it'... :lol:
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby Giniw » Sat 21.05.2016, 18:45

lotusflasherman wrote:I didn't find 130 boring... oh, sorry, did you mean kph? :lol:
:lol: On a closed road, of course! ;)
Nah, when no unit is written you have to asume it's using the SI. So, m/s 8) (OK, 130m/s is not that boring either :) )
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby Simon_P » Sat 21.05.2016, 19:38

34 mpg if you are careful.
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 21:02

Giniw wrote:
lotusflasherman wrote:I didn't find 130 boring... oh, sorry, did you mean kph? :lol:
:lol: On a closed road, of course! ;)
Nah, when no unit is written you have to asume it's using the SI. So, m/s 8) (OK, 130m/s is not that boring either :) )


Is a Peage a closed road ? If I pay to get on can I treat it like a track day? :bananasex:

Not cheap is it? .... but a good way to get through France, think that's 920km in 6hrs 40 mins, including going through Paris in evening rush hour .. :lol:
Not sure what mpg was... but refueling on the Peage is a lot higher than hypermarket pumps

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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby GeoffSmith » Sat 21.05.2016, 21:04

Simon_P wrote:34 mpg if you are careful.


My best was in 2009, Hethel to Bristol: 240 miles at 37.2mpg.

In mitigation, I was on the space saver spare.
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 21.05.2016, 21:16

GeoffSmith wrote:
Simon_P wrote:34 mpg if you are careful.


My best was in 2009, Hethel to Bristol: 240 miles at 37.2mpg.

In mitigation, I was on the space saver spare.


That must have been hell, did you keep to 50?

I always take a full size spare through France, jamming the luggage around it to stop it rattling, so I don't get that problem. (Never used it though)

I saw a thread from our US friends about modifying the boot to fit a centre exhaust setup. I'd prefer to create a full size wheel well.
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby GeoffSmith » Sat 21.05.2016, 21:59

I stuck to 50 as there was no plan B: Sarah and the kids had left me when my heater valve exploded just after leaving the factory exit. It was hell and I didn't get home 'til gone midnight. Being slowly overtaken by artics on the motorway is not pleasant.
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Re: Best MPG on a long run ?

Postby Rambo » Sat 21.05.2016, 22:06

Your heater valve exploded so you removed a tyre and changed to the space saver ?? Am I missing something ??
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