Originally Posted by Big Dave
What are needed are economy contests. You could do them over public roads or have them at speedways. There are a lot more speedways today than there were in the days of the Mobil Economy Run. I would not think scheduling would be much of a problem ? the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gets used two or three times a year, and Daytona twice. Maybe a way to start is local races on lesser venues.
Racing organizations are quite adept at measuring speed distance and the amount of fuel used. Because they can measure speed, distance, and fuel consumption very accurately, the contests need not be LeMans marathons. Fifty miles per contestant would be the greatest of plenty.
But, the insurance for a few days during motorcycle racing activities at Daytona International Speedway, which has motorcycle racing, car racing, go cart racing, testing days, etc., it about $42k plus.
I know that renting a local smaller race track for function that does not have licensed road racers will have an insurance cost of about $4k also.
It's an interesting idea though, Big Dave. Don't some of the engineering schools have on going challenges like that though? I've got a student of mine that's working for an engineering degree and they have some car with a motorcycle engine that they develop the chassis for handling, engine for torque and economy, body for aerodynamics, etc...
I'm not sure where they have the competition though. Might be a race track, or I've actually taught schools at some community colleges that have truck driving courses that are basically small, tight road courses.