Winners of the Hybridfest MPG Challenge!

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    Give a big hand to this year’s winners of the MPG Challenge. For the third year running, the competition has had drivers at Hybridfest keeping their eyes on their fuel consumption.

    36 drivers competed in the 2008 challenge, and drove a course of 26 miles. Here are the winners:

    Division 1 – Honda Insight

    William Kinney of Kennewick, WA
    2002 Honda Insight
    109 MPG

    Division 2 – 2nd Generation Prius

    Jerad Parish of Madison, WI
    2005 Toyota Prius
    99 MPG

    Division 3 – Honda Civic Hybrid & 1st Generation Prius

    Wayne Gerdes of Wadsworth, IL
    2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
    73 MPG

    Division 4 – Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Lexus GS 450h & Lexus LS 600h L

    Rob Colucci of Shorewood, IL
    2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    53 MPG

    Division 5 – Chevy Malibu Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Lexus RX 400h, Saturn Aura Hybrid, Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid

    Richard Krueger of Warren, MI
    2006 Ford Escape Hybrid
    44 MPG

    Division 6 – Chevy Silverado Hybrid, Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid

    Richard Krueger of Warren, MI
    2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
    28 MPG

    Division 7 – Non-hybrid vehicles

    Mike Sefton of Winnipeg, Manitoba CA
    2001 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    82 MPG

    Congratulations to all the drivers! Hybridfest will continue through Sunday, July 20, as part of the Dane County Fair. More info available…

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      • Jim

        Very good, congrats to all the winners and to all the others that turned out in hopes of winning.
        What were the rules of the road, so to speak. How did the judges decide on who had what, ect?
        What was the top speed of the overall winners in each catagory and did they have to make any stops and starts or just a beginning to end type of course?

      • PDK


        It was a 27 mile course around rural areas south of Madison, with light traffic and dealing with crossing busy intersections. So, we did have to stop.

        We also had a time limit of 51 minutes, after that there were penalties and if someone came in over 61 minutes, they were disqualified. Posted speed limits were anywhere from 25 to 50 MPH and we had to average the speed limit or closely under if we wanted to make time. So, it was very much so a real world test.

        I took 3rd place in division 2 with 85 MPG (91 MPG before penalties).

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