The Toyota iQ Hypermiling challenge has begun

8pm, Tuesday 27 January 09 UPDATE: Simon and Mark have just reached Cardiff, having tagged Chichester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Salisbury, Wells, Bath and Bristol en route (and got a picture in each town to prove it). Including Brighton – where they started the journey – that’s 10 of our 18 cities. As they head towards Gloucester – their final city for day one- they report that they’ve passed the 250 mile mark of the route (half way) but there is still more than half a tank of petrol in the car. It’s looking good. Despite lots of congestion on the edges of all these cities, and some serious rain heading into Wales.

Both Simon and Mark will be blogging here later with a summary of what they’ve learnt about the fine art of hypermiling on day one, so be sure to check back later.

Follow the challenge – will we reach 18 cities on one tank of fuel?

You can keep up to speed with the progress of Simon and Mark on the iQ Hypermile challenge by checking back here – we’ll update regularly – or by following the This is iQ Twitter feed.

Simon and Mark will be updating GPS data regularly here.

And there are plenty of pictures to enjoy in the This is iQ Flickr feed.

2.30pm Tuesday 27 January 09: Simon and Mark set off on This is iQ’s hypermiling challenge early this morning from Brighton. They explain what the challenge is in this video clip:


So far they’ve visited five of their targeted 18 cities and are successfully keeping the average mpg above 60.

Simon reports: “What we’re finding is that the real difficulty is other traffic. If we could remove all other traffic and traffic lights from the road, beating the official mpg would be a doddle. But you get caught out by traffic lights, or someone else pulls out in front as you’re trundling happily along at optimum speed – so you have to put the breaks on and waste energy.”

Mark adds: “Regenerative breaking – which is included on the Prius, and many other hybrids – would be a big plus. At least then when you stomped on the breaks you could store that energy and use it again.”

Simon and Mark have both queried why the instantaneous and average mpg readouts on our iQ stop at 60mpg. We’re going to get in touch with Toyota’s technical team and ask them what they know.

Follow the challenge – will we reach 18 cities on one tank of fuel?

You can keep up to speed with the progress of Simon and Mark on the iQ Hypermile challenge by checking back here – we’ll update regularly – or by following the This is iQ Twitter feed.

Simon and Mark will be updating GPS data regularly here.

And there are plenty of pictures to enjoy in the This is iQ Flickr feed.

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