52 M.P.G. WITH A SMALL SIX.
ONE of the good points of the small six-cylinder car—a type which is proving immensely popular today—is its economy in petrol. On every car, of course, the amount of petrol used depends almost entirely on the throttle opening, but the modern small six, with its high power to weight ratio, scores in that it requires only a
whiff of the throttle to give a good road performance. Owners of the type are frequently heard referring to consumptions of 35 to 40 miles per gallon, or even slightly more. Petrol consumption trials are seldom held in England, but they are not uncommon in the Dominions. News has just been received from South Africa, where presumably, atmospheric conditions render
it possible to improve on home performances, that in a petrol consumption test for the Natal Motorist Trophy a Wolseley Hornet averaged no less than 52.7 m.p.g. The trial, which was 111 miles long, involved a climb of 3,000 ft., whilst two passengers were carried in addition to the driver. After the trial, with carburettor seals intact, the same car put up a mean speed of over 60 m.p.h. in a speed trial, again with three up.