Sunday, July 5, 2015
Most countries visited on a single tank of fuel: Audi breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
NOVI SAD, Serbia -- The RAC and Audi have set a new World Record title by driving to 14 countries on a single tank of fuel; motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson drove an Audi A6 ultra 1,158.9 miles almost non-stop for nearly 28 hours from the Netherlands to Hungary, passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, thus setting the new world record for the Most countries visited on a single tank of fuel,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Audi has officially bagged the World Record by driving to 14 countries on a single tank of fuel. An unmodified Audi A6 TDI ultra chosen for this challenge averaged 27.02kmpl and completed a total of 1,865km without the need for a fuel-stop. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the most countries visited on a single tank of fuel 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 journey took them a total of 28 hours to complete.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest parade of Audi cars; it is 282 and was organised by Christian Strynar (DE), Georg Zimmermann (DE) and Martin Trümper (DE) in Hann. Muenden, Germany on 3 September 2005.
The #RecordRoadTrip began in Maastricht at 9.48am (GMT) on Tuesday 9 June and ended in Hungary at 12.44pm (GMT) on Wednesday 10 June with the pair averaging 75.9 miles to the gallon from the most efficient A6 ever, with its seven-speed S tronic transmission and 73-litre fuel tank.
The route was painstakingly picked by the RAC, which has more than 100 years' experience of providing European breakdown cover for members, to avoid the mpg-sapping effects of built-up, congested towns, cities and mountains.
Andrew and Rebecca faced numerous challenges in their 28-hour driving adventure including diversions for both heavy traffic due to an accident and a closed tunnel which led to an unplanned mountain detour.
Andrew Frankel, respected newspaper car reviewer, said: "Despite sharing the driving we were on the road almost continuously for 25 hours, focussed on maintaining an average speed of around 50mph. In order to do this you have to be fully aware of what's going on around you and anticipate what could happen with the traffic ahead. While it was normal driving in one sense, it was also a very different type of driving, but nevertheless demanding."
Roadside assistance for the #RecordRoadTrip team was provided by the RAC's new Patrol Ambassador of the Year, Ben Wilson from Manchester, who followed the record-attempt car all the way from the Netherlands to the point the World Record title attempt ended, just before completely running out of fuel in Hungary. During driver changes Ben checked the all-important tyre pressures, pumping to the perfect pressure where needed.
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