OK, so back in 1987 my wife and I bought a new Chevy sprint er. Out of that little car we got a easy 54MPG. This was a 1L 3cyl, with a carb.... Now fast foward to today... Ya there are some cars, mostly Hybrids that get that kinda millage... With todays tech, I dont see how that car/motor couls not have made a good 10 more MPG. So whats the deal? Why dont we have more cars like that with higher MPG will all the FI systems, better computer controls etc??
I personally would be really satisfied with a lightweight turbo-diesel. I am talking 1500 pounds, with a one liter engine. Perhaps even a two stage turbo for more even and steady boost... when you need it. With a nice coefficient of drag the car would be perfect. Unfortunately, other than the Aptera, there isn't a whole lot on the horizon that meets the above criteria.
Cuz cars go so much faster and are much heavier. Find a graph plotting FE/time and HP/time or 0-60/time, it's nuts.
Well I think thats it. They are taking the higher effency and making the cars more powerfull insted of more FE. Dont get me wrong. I LOVE HP!! [big block 72LTD convertible and a 70 Mustang in the garage, and a built Bronco comeing together] but for a daly driver do we NEED 150-200HP in a cumuter car???
Your right, they should be able to make cars that get much better mileage. The consumers however seem to be more interested in getting as good, or better performance, instead of the better mileage. They can probably get more money for a more powerful car, as well.