84 US MPG Sipster
TopGear.com converted a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel into an eco-friendly 70-plus US MPG bunny that hits 60 MPH in 7 seconds all for under $7,000.
After two months of non-stop working, the TopGear.com team surpassed their goals: They managed to not only hit 0 to 60 mph in 7.09 seconds, they achieved a fuel-economy figure of 84-US MPG (100 Imperial MPG, 2.8L/100km). Malone Tuning Ltd. diagnosed a cruise-control issue, supplied a FlashZilla programmer for e-mail tuning support, and provided a special ECU tune that boosts both performance and fuel economy. One of Malone Tuning Ltd.’s dealers in California was also kind enough to provide diagnosis and replacement for an injection pump issue that TopGear.com was having. Their 0 to 60 MPH time is now around 6 seconds although that has not been officially measured. We’re all pleased with the results!