The challenge is simple. To stay true to my inspiration it is car vs public transport, in this case a bus. Not a real one mind, but a radio controlled Kowloon Motor Bus MCW Metrobus Mk II that I will be sending via UPS Ground to my home. UPS Ground quotes four days from Philadelphia to San Francisco.
Our route takes us from Philadelphia and to give us the best chance of avoiding snow and ice we are heading South, passing through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and then into Texas. With an overnight stop in Austin we then head through New Mexicon, Arizona and finally California. A total of 3,470 miles to be covered.
Now let’s do some sums:
3,470 miles / 4 = 867.5 miles a day.
Assuming an average speed of 60 mph = 14.45 hours a day at the wheel.
EPA MPG rating of a 2003 BMW 330xi is 20 city/27 highway so I’m going to say 24 mpg average with a tank capacity of 16.6 gallons = 398 mile range = 2 fuel stops per day.
The drivers are only permitted to change at fuel stops.
I’ve been accussed of low-balling the challenge, so to make things a bit more difficult we will be introducing some ‘mini-challenges’ across the way. The first mini-challenge will be to inspect the vehicle and make sure it is as advertised and worthy of $8,000 of my own hard earned cash.
If you have an idea for a mini-challenge then please feel free to post it into the comments.