Drive to Detroit Challenge: Mid-Day Update

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, January 13th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

After 4.5 hours and 320 miles of traveling we find ourselves stopped for Subway on the road between St. Louis and Indianapolis.

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I took the reins for the first shift in the driver’s seat. Remarkably, this 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel is accomplishing 32-33mpg on highway roads while going 70mph. Outside temperatures are around 25 degrees, but a combination of automatic climate control, heated seats, and heated steering wheel are keeping Aaron and myself very comfortable.

Currently we have just under 500 miles left to Detroit, but the trip computer is only saying that we have 430 miles remaining in the tank, which makes me more concerned by the minute.

Morale is high, with Aaron and I setting the XM radio to Alt Rock, which provides us with uninterrupted music the whole way. Being the data nerds we are,  the Porsche Computer Module (PCM) provides us enough vehicle telemetry to discuss the entire way including travel time, distance, fuel consumption, tire pressure, average speed, and more.

Despite some scary numbers, I am confidant we will reach Detroit with fuel to spare. Check our the #DrivetoDetroit conversation over on Twitter for more up to the minute details.

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