Subaru dominates the Annual Economy Run 2012 with the XV CVT and the Forester
|   Monday, August 20, 2012
The 36th installment of the recently concluded Annual Economy Run was held at the very beautiful location of the White River from July 26th to 28th. The event had more than 58 cars in respective categories, aiming to top in their respective category. The event had petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles vying for the crown in respective classes.

Subaru was represented at the event by the XV CVT and the Forester Diesel. The two wheel drive and the all wheel drive SUVs had two categories for entrance, the petrol and the diesel classes respectively.
The Subaru SV participated in the petrol class and had Terry Illman and Headley Whitehead at the helm.

The Subaru Forester competed in the diesel class and had a lot of tough competition in the class. The Forester had Errol Johan and Gary Berndt at the helm and they seemed to be doing pretty well in the group.
Every leading car manufacturers enter their vehicles in this coveted event and hence competition is at its peak. The run is not an easy competition and it challenges every car to the girth.

The Economy Run is a reputed fuel consumption test conducted on an overall unbiased basis and it puts up different cars of the same category against one another to test them individually. The cars are tested under similar conditions and on the same roads to create a platform for comparison.

The cars have a top speed limiter which means that they cannot exceed speeds of 120 km/h while running the test and the average speeds is calculated to be 115 km/h, considering the number of pit stops, corners and uneven quarters of the road.

Every second counts and the driver has to make up for each second lost in the process of the run. It is the job of the navigator to calculate the amount of time spent, lost and left to finish the run and the driver has to drive accordingly.

For a delay of a minute, a car receives a penalty of a liter of fuel and therefore the drivers burn the rubber instead of adding another liter to the fuel consumption. Another interesting fact about the run is that, all the vehicles carry an autonomous observer who keeps a tab on the driving style of the drivers and check whether or not they are following all the laid out rules.

Therefore the drivers cannot drive in an unsafe manner to overtake a vehicle to save fuel or skip a stop sign to decrease fuel consumption. If the observers report any such activity, the driver, navigator and the constructor receives a penalty and even runs the chance of being disqualified from the event.

The XV CVT is a powerful vehicle and is an all wheel drive SUV. The car consumes 7.935 liter of diesel per 100 km and this is a class leader from SUV. The Forester on the other hand uses a smaller 2.0 L petrol DOHC engine and the car produces 110 KW power @ 6,200 RPM.
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