Fuel economy is tricky business, especially when many figures represent best-case scenarios during laboratory testing and not real world mechanics. This is especially true regarding the New European Driving Cycle, or NEDC test cycle.
So, Auto Express set out to supply a few tips on how to get the best fuel economy in a big, burly V8-powered car. The weapon of choice? The totally unnecessary, yet awesome, Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo, also known as the HSV Maloo.
Now, if you’re living in the United Kingdom and make the conscious decision to purchase a Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo, you’re likely not too worried about petrol prices. But, nevertheless, if you wanted to be easier on your wallet, check out these tips.
Reduce engine idle
Letting the vehicle idle for over a minute is a major waste of fuel. Luckily, modern stop-start systems have begun to take care of this. But, if you plan on idling for longer than one minute, it’s best to shut the car down.
Use the highest gear available
This is true for manual gearboxes more so than automatics, but shifting into the highest gear will reduce revolutions per minute. The slower the engine spins, the less fuel it will use.
Anticipate traffic flow
Braking and accelerating suddenly are no friends to fuel economy. Be on the lookout and be gentle with the accelerator and brake flow.
A pretty self-explanatory tip. The less weight the vehicle has to move, the easier it is on fuel consumption.
Keep the vehicle maintained
Properly maintained engines are much happier to sip fuel rather than chug it. Have the oil topped off and tire pressure in check can make a big difference for fuel economy.