Thursday, July 16, 2015
Lowest fuel consumption - all 24 contiguous EU countries: Honda breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
AALST, Belgium -- Honda has set a new world record title for 'Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)', recording an average 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31mpg) over 13,498km (8,387 miles), in a 25 day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries; behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC for the entire journey were two members of Honda's European Research & Development (R&D) team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Honda has set a new world record title for 'Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)', recording an average 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31mpg) over 13,498km (8,387 miles), in a 25 day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries. The car achieved an incredible average 1500km (932 miles) on each tank of fuel, at a total fuel cost for the whole journey of just 645 Euros* (£459). (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the lowest fuel consumption rate for a car visiting all 48 contiguous US state is 2.89 liters per 100 km (97.49 UK mpg; 81.17 US mpg), achieved by Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger (both USA), driving a 2015 VW Golf TDI between 22 June and 7 July 2015.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most countries visited on a single tank of fuel; it is 14 and was achieved by RAC and Audi UK (both UK) on 9-10 June 2015. Drivers Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson (both UK) first started their journey in The Netherlands, moving on to Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia then Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and, finally, Hungary.
The remarkable distance travelled is similar to the team driving to Australia from their home in the UK, stopping just nine times to refuel. The car achieved an incredible average 1500km (932 miles) on each tank of fuel, at a total fuel cost for the whole journey of just 645 Euros* (£459).
The team set out on their epic road trip from Aalst, Belgium, on Monday June 1st, navigating the continent in a clockwise direction. They returned to their start point on Thursday June 25th, recording the incredible fuel economy figures which exceed the Tourer's quoted efficiency of 3.8 litres per 100km (74.3mpg), by more than 25%.
Under the rules the same two drivers must be in the car for the whole journey, giving Fergal and Julian, Honda R&D colleagues of some 18 years and based in the UK, the challenge of driving an average of approximately 600km, taking around 7.5 hours, each day.
Fergal McGrath comments: "It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new world record title has made all of the hard work worthwhile. This was a huge team effort so I'd like to thank everyone involved for all of their commitment and support. After spending so much time behind the wheel Julian and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!"
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