Fuel economy. Why it matters.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Wagon Highline

Volkswagen Golf Wagon Highline, an example of fuel efficiency and engineering elegance

Most people don’t really care about fuel economy.  Sure, they complain when the price of gasoline goes up.  They see their hard earned dollars going to the petroleum companies, and it’s only human nature to complain about rising costs.

But even among my ‘enthusiast’ friends and acquaintances – those of you who ride motorcycles and love high performance cars, many of them scoff at my slightly obsessive-compulsive habit of calculating the actual fuel economy I get.

So why does fuel economy matter?

To me, it’s not a matter of dollars and cents.  For sure, I like saving money just like anybody else.

More importantly, there is a beauty to engineering solutions that result in powerful cars and motorcycles and deliver noteworthy fuel economy.

Think about it.  How is it that one team of engineers can design an engine that makes remarkable power and fit it into a chassis and body whose aerodynamics makes a certain vehicle that much more efficient in the way it slices through the air and overcomes rolling resistance, and yet delivers fuel economy superior to the competition?

That kind of brain power and engineering proficiency really appeals to me.

Any given team of engineers can design a powerful engine, and any given team of engineers can design an engine capable of extraordinary fuel economy.  But you have to tip your hat to the team that can design a powerful and fuel-efficient engine.

Engineering elegance.  That’s why fuel economy matters.

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Wolfgang says:

    Nice car but the motor!
    I hope there bring the diesel the perfect
    Motor
    Cheers

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