I'm curious: what would you say is the one biggest change you've made to your technique? Or is it a bunch of smaller things?
The only real change I made was not letting the rpm's go above 1500. I basically used FAS/codfishishing to a greater extreme. I let the speed drop to lower speeds and try to keep the average speed down as well. I've also started using country roads more often so I can hypermile without being molested by other drivers.
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.
When you get a scan gauge you will see JUST HOW IMPOSSIBLY LIGHT you have to touch the gas pedal to keep the mileage in the 60-70mpg range and still keep moving down the road. The RPM doesn't affect the mileage under 3000rpm too much - brisk acceleration is best in the 2000-3000 rpm range - below 2000 the cam timing and ignition start changing and the throttle gets a bit mushy.
I don't think I've ever accelerated at greater than 2k in second besides beating on the car, you just feel like a fool because you get to 40 at 2500 and are like, why'd I do that? But then again, I have the best FE gearing honda's ever put in a manual.
EDIT: Thanks for the photos jan, I'm looking forward to it. Go EV go!
The only real change I made was not letting the rpm's go above 1500.
How does that compare to your RPM target before?
I let the speed drop to lower speeds and try to keep the average speed down as well. I've also started using country roads more often so I can hypermile without being molested by other drivers.
I get what you're saying. I just got back from a bike ride (drove a bit out of town to some trails - bike inside the car, of course ), and tried this on the way back (gently rolling, pretty much deserted country roads).
I took my time, and P&G'd most of the way home, into a stiff headwind using just 2nd and 3rd gears - something like min: 28 km/h, max 65 km/h - and pulled into the driveway with 117 mpg (US) avg showing on the SG.
The round trip average would have been higher than that if I'd used the same technique on the way out, but on the way there P&G'd using 3rd and 4th, and even with the tail wind, only managed 105 mpg.
Note, this was also with the alt. de-belted. (Deduct roughly 5% from the MPG to get a comparable figure with the alternator connected.)