Economy tests carried out in France indicate that it is possible to obtain a larger number of miles per gallon from cars made there than from cars made in this Country. The author states that it would be well to make a careful study of the factors influencing car economy and to assure that our future car models take full advantage of all possible means of increasing their economy.
Figures are presented showing the extent to which economy can be increased by changing such factors as the carbureter adjustment, time of the spark, rear-axle ratio and speed of driving. A car that normally will go 21 miles per gal. under favorable test conditions at 20 m.p.h. was increased to 43 miles per gal. at 20 m.p.h. The study is not complete but has gone far enough to demonstrate its value. This progress report is presented to stimulate thought.