RE: Honda Insight: You Know You Want To

RE: Honda Insight: You Know You Want To

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LongLiveTazio

2,714 posts

168 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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gofasterrosssco said:
If you really want something like that, look out for a Suzuki Cappuccino - Driven gingerly, they can easily achieve 50+ mpg's, but handle great and a pack a surprisingly decent punch when worked..

Most have disolved by now though..
The Insight can be turned in to a quick car, just get in touch with peterperkins. Economy when 'upgraded' is staggering.

Cotic

469 posts

123 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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kambites said:
You know that "!=" means "is not equal to"?
Oops. No. Do now though.

IN51GHT

8,724 posts

181 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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VeeDub Geezer

461 posts

125 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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I'd strangely love one of these.

I also keep looking at Mk1 Prius' simply because they're so cheap now.

Dagnut

3,515 posts

164 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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Cotic said:
kambites said:
You know that "!=" means "is not equal to"?
Oops. No. Do now though.
Neither did I, I thought "not equals to" was "<>"

gofasterrosssco

1,180 posts

207 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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LongLiveTazio said:
gofasterrosssco said:
If you really want something like that, look out for a Suzuki Cappuccino - Driven gingerly, they can easily achieve 50+ mpg's, but handle great and a pack a surprisingly decent punch when worked..

Most have disolved by now though..
The Insight can be turned in to a quick car, just get in touch with peterperkins. Economy when 'upgraded' is staggering.
Do you mean like this:

http://www.chromjuwelen.com/de/network/237/47308-2...

kambites

62,765 posts

192 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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Dagnut said:
Cotic said:
kambites said:
You know that "!=" means "is not equal to"?
Oops. No. Do now though.
Neither did I, I thought "not equals to" was "<>"
I've seen both used. "!=" is used by a variety of programming languages (the main one being C/C++/Java).

theJT

302 posts

156 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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Yeah, it is quite appealing. I keep looking at smart roadster-coupe's for the same sort of reason, but since some utter bd smashed up the bonnet of my little Z to the point where it's now just utterly worthless (if perfectly road worthy) I'm too broke to be looking at new metal at the moment... not that that stops me, of course.

V8RX7

22,662 posts

234 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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IN51GHT said:
Blackpuddin said:
There's a very nice looking 83k '00 manual on ebay at the minute.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-Insight-Mk1-manual...
You bugger, I was keeping that quiet in the hope I'd scoop a bargain.
"batteries have to be recharged if the car is left" means they are on their way out and probably are holding far less charge than they should when full.

Baryonyx

17,379 posts

130 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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I have always liked these. It's a technological marvel, and would be interesting to drive. I'd love to pedal it hard down a few B roads and see what figures it will return! If the wife expressed the slightest interest in getting one for her to drive to work in I'd be all over it!

soad

31,090 posts

147 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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I really don't - what an ugly monstrosity.

peterperkins

2,776 posts

213 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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An Insight with an engine swap isn't really an Insight anymore IMHO.

However tweak the IMA system or the existing engine and now you are talking.




TobesH

549 posts

178 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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NotNormal said:
TobesH said:
Doesn't Harry Metcalfe have one in his collection?
Not any more, sold it to Joe at BTB exhausts
I've not been reading all of my EVO magazine, wrist slapped

Dagnut

3,515 posts

164 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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kambites said:
Dagnut said:
Cotic said:
kambites said:
You know that "!=" means "is not equal to"?
Oops. No. Do now though.
Neither did I, I thought "not equals to" was "<>"
I've seen both used. "!=" is used by a variety of programming languages (the main one being C/C++/Java).
Learn something new everyday, as the saying goes...

peterperkins

2,776 posts

213 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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For those with 25 minutes to spare my 134.9 mpg journey to work in my modified Insight Mk1 shows how to squeeze insane mpg out of the car using good technique, manual ima control and a bigger battery pack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF-bNTBLc7Y

and on the rolling road power run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XApi5SVuv_k

Power graphs.

http://www.solarvan.co.uk/mdm/RollingRoad2402111.j...
http://www.solarvan.co.uk/mdm/RollingRoad2402112.j...

Note maximum torque at very low rpm quite contrary to a normal petrol setup.

IN51GHT

8,724 posts

181 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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There's another one up for sale - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/honda-insight-coupe-mk1-...

Black ones are pretty scarce, led to believe there's only 2 or 3 in the country.

jfcole

16 posts

101 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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I had one of these and PeterPerkins helped me out with a charger and a few other items.

Its a totally different kind of fun to hypermile in these. Something you can do in everyday traffic to get rid of the boredom and make the commute fun, which you cant do in moving traffic in other cars.

My car had a few mods like the external battery charger (cycled the batteries), ability to turn the IMA off, recharge as if the brakes were on and smoothing out the throttle to stop minor jerks closing off the EGR valve. I averaged about 70mpg commuting, 90mpg on long journeys and once got 126mpg over 32 miles slipstreaming a truck in them middle of the night.

Interesting fact, the car is in fact LIMITED to 112mph! At that speed the IMA stops assisting you so you can only rely on the engine. I can imagine 120mph would be possible with IMA assist. I once stuck on the bumper of an Impreza Turbo with the Japanese 112mph limiter still activated. The guy couldnt believe it!

Its pretty nippy for what it is and the low grip can mean plenty of fun too.

NadiR

1,071 posts

118 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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Has anyone converted these to LPG? Equivalent of 170mpg+ is more then welcome!

exceed

453 posts

147 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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Tell me more about the upgrades, where, what and how please? No stupid K20 drops, I've got a DC5 for 9000rpm madness!

456lbft

320 posts

198 months

Tuesday 18th June 2013
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TobesH said:
Doesn't Harry Metcalfe have one in his collection?
Did, see above, it's mine now. Mark Dixon of Octane mag has one, and so does Jonny Smith of 5th gear.
Apparently a celebrated F1 designer is a fan too...