The Stig’s flying hybrids
The Stig tries to make ultra-frugal hybrids oversteer, and then jumps them over a humpbacked bridge
Posted: 09 Nov 2010
Still, we should applaud these Japanese companies for producing effective, efficient hybrids and making them recyclable and environmentally sound. In fact, we should bow to them in deep respect before we honourably make their cars fly like birds. Off we go then, into the heart of the Congestion Charge zone in London, for which they are both exempt. In normal driving, the Prius spiked up to ‘infinity' mpg far more often than the Honda - that is, trundled along using its electric motor alone. Which would explain why, given virtually identical mileage, acceleration, deceleration and driving style, it averaged 58.4mpg over 25 miles of city driving while the Honda only averaged 38.9mpg on its computer. The manufacturers claim 72.4mpg and 61.4mpg respectively for their official city cycles. Hmmm. Round one firmly to the Toyota, then.