By Tom Hyneman, Time.comA sporty car with the most horsepower is not necessarily the fastest, but the most fuel-efficient, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to compare the energy consumption of different types of cars in a variety of conditions.
The study, published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, found that a sporty model with a 2,000-horsepower engine will consume approximately half the fuel it consumes on the road compared to a standard car.
The average driver will save around 15 minutes to 35 minutes each way, depending on their driving style.
A less efficient car with a 1,000 horsepower engine will take roughly an hour longer to drive the same distance, according the study.
As the fuel efficiency of the two cars increased, so did their fuel consumption.
On average, a sports car will consume roughly half as much fuel on the highway compared to its highway equivalent.
That’s because the engine burns less fuel as it travels through the air.
But the efficiency of a standard sports car also increased by an average of 4 percent.
The researchers noted that there are many other factors to consider when choosing a car.
For example, how much the car weighs depends on how much it weighs on the street, according as to the study’s summary.
For comparison, a traditional SUV is more than twice as powerful as a sports sedan.