TTAC Desert-to-Burning-Desert Eco-Challenge Day 4: City Driving and Ferraris

Mike Solowiow
by Mike Solowiow
ttac desert to burning desert eco challenge day 4 city driving and ferraris

Trying to eke out the best mileage whilst in a major city proves difficult. Trying to get the best mileage possible while on the Strip in Las Vegas proves downright impossible. No matter, as my car has Oklahoma plates and I’m in the biggest tourist destination in Nevada. So I consign myself to appear confused and lost as I trundle down to the Mandalay Bay for their awesome buffet.

I discovered an incredibly important part of urban hyper-miling: timing the lights. If you hold a steady 30 – 33mph down the Strip, barring any heavy traffic, you can cruise the entire thing without slowing down. Really. I did this once, on a Wednesday Morning, much to my chagrin. Try it any other time, especially when the Los Angeleans in their shiny BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz CLSs show up, and you’d better get used to start-stop, clutch in-clutch out style of driving. No matter, I discovered the best way to conserve gas in this manner: walking. Plus, walking from casino to casino burns off those extra calories you accumulated in the pastry section of the buffet.

And while walking, you notice a lot more things about Las Vegas, namely the sheer number of high-end car dealerships. Penske Ferrari in the Wynn Hotel (where I’m staying) has quite the selection. The manager was not in yesterday, so cross your B&B fingers in hopes they will let me take out the 430 Scuderia at a later date.

However, there are several used car places with slightly loved vintage Italian steeds of menace. For example, one 1985 Ferrari 328. They were willing to let me take it out on the side streets for a bit in the name of journalism. However, one snag destroyed that plan: Italian reliability. Various electrical gremlins wreaked havoc with the silver bullet, and no amount of jumper cables were going to solve that problem. Oh well, at least now I can sell a few carbon credits.

.75 Gallons diesel used while in Las Vegas

37 miles driven in Las Vegas

49mpg while in Las Vegas

13 Starbucks Soy Mocha Lattes drunk

$67.00 won

8 “working girls” spotted

1 Broken Ferrari 328

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  • Eggsalad Eggsalad on Feb 01, 2009

    Mbella: Living in Las Vegas is like living anywhere else. It is what you make of it. I like it swell here, others think it's a filthy cesspool.

  • Justin Berkowitz Justin Berkowitz on Feb 02, 2009

    Mandalay Bay, eh Mike? I always like Bellagio and Wynn buffets.

  • Alan Most Lexii look good to reasonable.....................until you see the front ends with their awkward grilles. It actually would look normal on a GWM, LDV or any other Chinese vehicle.
  • Tassos These last months, every day seems to be another great, consequential piece of news for Tesla, who does not just DOMINATE, it OWNS the US and FREE WORLD BEV market.It is the ONLY (repeat ONLY) maker that builds its huge best sellers at a PROFIT, ie, SUSTAINABLY. FOrd EV is bleeding 3 billion in losses. GM hides theirs, and I bet they are even HIGHER. VW has spent a huge no of billions and its ID series has been an UTTER FAILURE.Toyota, already 12 years too late, is yet to try. I doubt they will succeed to dethrone TESLA.
  • Tassos Again: I never took VOlvo seriously in the last 20 or so years.Chinese Volvo-Geely has a dizzying number of models, I have lost count how many,YET its sales and market share in the US has always been DISMAL these last 20 years.It ranges from a pathetic 0.5% to 0.8% of the US market.For comparison, Toyota has 15% and GM has even more. Tesla has almost 10 TIMES VOlvo's share, with a PITTANCE of really TWO Models, the 3 and the Y, as the S and the X hardly sell any copies any more.So why do we keep reading articles about Stupid VOlvo?Because they have the best PR department of any maker.
  • Jdt65724922 How can a Chrysler E-Class ride better than a Chrysler Fifth Avenue?
  • Lorenzo This series is epic, but I now fear you'll never get to the gigantic Falcon/Dart/Nova comparison.