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[aprssig] APRS Drag Racing

Gregg Wonderly gregg at wonderly.org
Thu Jun 10 06:29:44 UTC 2010


The speed limit on the turnpikes in Oklahoma is 75mph.  My 2005 prius runs fine 
through the hills in oklahoma at 75mph.  I get over 37mpg at 75 mph.  The more 
interesting thing is the fact that a prius, at that speed, is all engine.  Going 
up hills, the engine really sings to generate enough current.  The cruise 
control stays pretty close at any speed, as there is some help from the battery 
I guess.  At the bottom of the hills, I usually creep up on the larger engined 
vehicles that take a bit longer to get the PID on their CC to get the engine up 
to speed.

Speed is relative, not absolute.  It's only friction and the brick wall that get 
in the way.

Gregg Wonderly

Mark Cheavens wrote:
> It was not that the Prius was going over 74, it is just rare to see a 
> Prius OWNER driving over 74!
> 
> I have NEVER had a Prius pass me.....(But having people pass me is rare 
> anyway.....:)
> 
> Mark
> KC5EVE
> At 12:46 PM 6/7/2010, you wrote:
>> See what happens when you press the brake on a Prius...
>>
>> The "White Zombie" will change your opinion about electric vehicles on 
>> the drag strip. An electric vehicle rules on the drag strip as it has 
>> more torque than its gas guzzling counterpart. It's all about the 
>> battery... Just make sure your GPS will work over 99MPH and the beacon 
>> rate will trip at set speed points or you will miss the event on APRS. 
>> The radio will still be sending data at 1200 baud after it crosses the 
>> finish line. You might as well send continuous data during the run to 
>> avoid the costly transmitter key up delay time...
>>
>> http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/segments/view/1686
>>
>>
>> 73's,
>> Tim - N8DEU
>>
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Cheavens" <mcheavens at usa.net>
>> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
>> Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 12:05 PM
>> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS Drag Racing
>>
>>
>>> I thought the horror was that he had a Prius driving @ 74mph!
>>>
>>> Mark
>>> KC5EVE
>>> At 10:22 AM 6/7/2010, you wrote:
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Bruninga "
>>>> (snip)
>>>>> SO when I was the first post-rain car down the track (never been on 
>>>>> a track before in my life), you can imagine my horror when at 74 
>>>>> MPH, I see two yellow 1/2" polly ropes stretched across the track 
>>>>> in front of me! Couldnt even see them until I was probably 20 yards 
>>>>> from them. Fortunetely They snapped, but left some nice battle 
>>>>> scars across my hood...
>>>>
>>>> Good thing you weren't riding an electric motorcycle ;-)
>>>>
>>>> Richard Amirault
>>>> Boston, MA, USA
>>>> http://n1jdu.org
>>>> http://bostonfandom.org
>>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7hf9u2ZdlQ
>>>>
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