300 Mile Club (S1 RX8s) or 325 mile club for S2 RX8s

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300 Mile Club (S1 RX8s) or 325 mile club for S2 RX8s

Post by dirtyleeds » Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:49 pm

Well, I finally did it and wasn't even trying!!
Nice long trip from Leeds to Chichester, mostly cruising at 85 but still having fun at every roundabout I came across!

Original 300 mile thread seems to have dropped off so started another

Mod bit - title edited, this thread predates the R3 by a couple of years and has been re-titled to give equal levels of masochism for both Series 1 and Series 2 RX8 owners due to the larger fuel tank on the Series 2 RX8 making it easier to get 300 miles from a tank.
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Post by drago » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:47 pm

Nice one!

Looks like you could squeeze a couple of extra miles going by the position of the needle :)

I will hit the 300 mark one day :lol:
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Post by Zoom » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:01 am

Me too, hopefully. But first have to get membership of the 200 mile club ! :)

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Post by dirtyleeds » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:00 am

drago wrote:Looks like you could squeeze a couple of extra miles going by the position of the needle :)
Probably could have done but the petrol station was right there so didn't wanna risk it!! :)
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Post by orbist » Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:13 am

I just cannot see how this is done... even driving really really sedately and I'm lucky to get over 200. Prettyt much bang on 50 miles for firstr 1/4, 100 by half way point and then another 50 by 3/4 ... no matter how I drive...

PS. I've done it once, but thats when I forgot to reset the trip counter!
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Post by Tomsk » Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:31 am

orbist wrote:I just cannot see how this is done... even driving really really sedately and I'm lucky to get over 200. Prettyt much bang on 50 miles for firstr 1/4, 100 by half way point and then another 50 by 3/4 ... no matter how I drive...
I think Delanor had the answer - something complicated to do with your body kit and prevailing eddyings and vorteces. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Zoom » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:31 pm

orbist wrote:I just cannot see how this is done... even driving really really sedately and I'm lucky to get over 200. Prettyt much bang on 50 miles for firstr 1/4, 100 by half way point and then another 50 by 3/4 ... no matter how I drive...
Me too! Is this syndrome limited to the early cars ?

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Post by RotaryMC » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:46 pm

Zoom wrote:
orbist wrote:I just cannot see how this is done... even driving really really sedately and I'm lucky to get over 200. Prettyt much bang on 50 miles for firstr 1/4, 100 by half way point and then another 50 by 3/4 ... no matter how I drive...
Me too! Is this syndrome limited to the early cars ?

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Me too - mine's an early 2004 car and I've never come close to getting 300 miles - on short trips, long trips, motorways, using 6th gear, keeping in the rev band, everything. My best fuel consumption has come from spirited driving on A roads. Mind you, I do keep the air-con on all the time - could this make a big difference?
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Post by orbist » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:52 pm

Think A/C has been proven to have very little effect on the MPG in the 8. All winter I drive with it off and it certainly doesn't improve things!
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Post by timechaser » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:57 pm

Orbist - think of the extra weight you are carrying in the car... :twisted:
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Post by orbist » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:59 pm

LOL, the skirts and front end combined will weight less than the stock bumper. No fog lights too, no washer jets, etc LOL

The thing that does weigh a fair bit is the wing - solid FRP, but provides a very useful self-closing mechanism for the boot - no flat batteries here!
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Post by timechaser » Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:03 pm

"in" the car :P
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Post by stuartmitch » Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:10 pm

orbist wrote:LOL, the skirts and front end combined will weight less
Barry was talking about in the car... wasn't he?
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Post by orbist » Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:35 pm

Groan ! :wink:
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Post by fatboy_dave » Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:20 pm

Hi Orbist

Check my entries on the 11 - 12 MPG thread. I commuted from Barrhead to Telford last summer (300 miles on M77, M8, M74, M6, M54) and back again for 10 weeks at 600 miles a week. I used to fill up before I left, and the only time the fuel light came on, before reaching my destination, was when I filled up with Sainsbury's fuel, never again! And I wasn't going slow either. I would typically cruise at 80+ mph, mainly due to idiot Audi A4 drivers tailgaiting me and the hevay holiday traffic on the M6 slowing me up. Usually covered the 300 miles in 4.5 to 5 hours, and that included a 'comfort break' at the Carlisle services. Got slightly better mpg when changed the climate control from 17C to 22C in the summer. It is, however, the stop starts at every M6 junction until you passed the turn-offs for Manchester that were the real killer on the mpg.

Although I have a 190, I am pretty sure that this can be done as well in the 230. Having a sixth gear in the 230 must be a benefit as well?

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Post by SteveRhodes » Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:26 pm

Zoom wrote:
orbist wrote:I just cannot see how this is done... even driving really really sedately and I'm lucky to get over 200. Prettyt much bang on 50 miles for firstr 1/4, 100 by half way point and then another 50 by 3/4 ... no matter how I drive...
Me too! Is this syndrome limited to the early cars ?

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I can confirm it's possible in an early edition. I have a late 2003 230 and recently drove down from Leeds to Winchester using mostly motorway & dual carriage A roads. I set off with the intention of reaching the magical 300 and managed it , got to 298 miles before the warning light came on so reckon I could have managed 340 no problem before filling up again. :D

However, I had to adopt a very sedate driving style to achieve it. Revs kept under 5000, very easy with the right foot, cruising in 6th but dropping down to 5th when overtaking or on uphill stretches.

Pretty painfull but I made up for it on the way back home :twisted:
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Post by OCRX8 » Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:06 pm

fatboy_dave wrote:Hi Orbist

Check my entries on the 11 - 12 MPG thread. I commuted from Barrhead to Telford last summer (300 miles on M77, M8, M74, M6, M54) and back again for 10 weeks at 600 miles a week. I used to fill up before I left, and the only time the fuel light came on, before reaching my destination, was when I filled up with Sainsbury's fuel, never again! And I wasn't going slow either. I would typically cruise at 80+ mph, mainly due to idiot Audi A4 drivers tailgaiting me and the hevay holiday traffic on the M6 slowing me up. Usually covered the 300 miles in 4.5 to 5 hours, and that included a 'comfort break' at the Carlisle services. Got slightly better mpg when changed the climate control from 17C to 22C in the summer. It is, however, the stop starts at every M6 junction until you passed the turn-offs for Manchester that were the real killer on the mpg.

Although I have a 190, I am pretty sure that this can be done as well in the 230. Having a sixth gear in the 230 must be a benefit as well?

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Post by fatboy_dave » Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:10 pm

glad I've a 190 then 8)
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Post by Zoom » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:09 pm

SteveRhodes wrote: I can confirm it's possible in an early edition.....
Well done SteveRhodes !

I'm so relieved that the resale value of the early cars has not plummeted as a result ! :)

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Post by Juey » Thu May 11, 2006 3:38 pm

March 04 230 here on for a record this week.

265 miles done. still over 1/4 tank to go :shock:
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Mostly motorway cruising at about 75 (due to traffic)

100 miles done on 1st qtr, 190 to 1/2 (record for my car)

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As are the 'specs cameras' on the M1. 40mph for about 12 miles each way ](*,)

A sedate ish drive up the A1 tonight should see me to 350.

Think I'll take a petrol can ( and the camera of course!) :wink:
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Post by orbist » Thu May 11, 2006 3:43 pm

Juey wrote:
100 miles done on 1st qtr, 190 to 1/2 (record for my car)
I'd be happy with 190 to empty never mind half :shock:
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Post by Phantom » Thu May 11, 2006 3:53 pm

orbist wrote:
Juey wrote:
100 miles done on 1st qtr, 190 to 1/2 (record for my car)
I'd be happy with 190 to empty never mind half :shock:
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Post by fatboy_dave » Thu May 11, 2006 6:42 pm

Drove 500 miles yesterday in the 8. Barrhead to Macclesfield and back. Stopped once on the way there, and once once on the way back. Kept the speedo at 78mph, with my RoadAngel telling me 74 to 75. Between Barrhead and Carlisle, I got 27 mpg. I assume because of the Southern Uplands.

Between Carlisle to Macclesfield and back to Carlisle, I got 30 mpg. I assume it was the heat, the car was recording 27C as I drove through the Manchester rush hour on the M60/M61 with a few miles at 40 mph due to road works. Experienced, again, the fuel needle sticking at two marks below the half way mark for 36 miles. By the time I had filled up at Carlisle it read 237 miles and the needle was still stuck at two marks below half way. Don't know how much longer it would have stayed there, but it took onboard 35.7 litres (4.54 litres - 1 UK gallon) giving me 30.1 mpg. A new record for me.

The mpg gets better and better. I've now done 12.3k miles in my 190. I checked my oil this morning (Castrol GTX Magnatec) and it only took around 200mls to bring it back up to full. I wonder when the rotor tips will give out? :D
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Post by stuartm » Sat May 13, 2006 11:40 am

I managed to get 300miles on 51 litres but it was the most soul destroying week & a half :cry: of my ownership.
Im going back to how i normally drive (250 to a tank) & i'll get my grin back :wink:
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Post by SteveW » Sun May 14, 2006 3:00 pm

I got 30.1mpg on a motorway and dual carriageway journey on Friday. 13.17 litres/87.3 miles. That was deliberately driving in maximum economy mode, sticking to 70 by the GPS, 73/74 by the speedo, using 6th as much as possible, small throttle openings, gentle acceleration.

I drove it more normally on the way back, and got 23.0mpg.

Driving back was more fun.
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