The UK colleagues, members of Honda’s European R&D team but amateur drivers did it in a stock diesel-powered Town Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC – a station wagon to Americans, or as they call them there, an estate wagon.
Officially, the record is for “Lowest Fuel Consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries” and in doing the drive, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren pulled off an average 932 miles on each 13.2-gallon tank of fuel.
The journey started Monday, June 1 in Aalst, Belgium and McGrath and Warren navigated the continent in a clockwise direction, returning to their starting point on Thursday June 25.
Honda of UK said the drive, while a team effort and closely controlled, was something other careful drivers could conceivably do, and was not the result of all sorts of tricks to get the result.
“They simply used some very logical methods including careful and sensible route plotting, pouring smoothly and consistently without harsh acceleration or braking, anticipating the road conditions ahead, carrying no
And, they used but £459 worth of fuel, said Honda of the epic tour intended to “additional exhibit the impressive real-world fuel economy of the Tourer.”
“It was tough, but we really loved it, and setting this new Guiness World Minutes title has made all of the hard work worthwhile,” said McGrath. “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 pleased to be back behind our desks
Other details to the trip included strict guidelines by Guiness requiring the Town to enter each of the 24 countries, and as proof, the team members had to compile evidence including a fuel/mileage logbook, GPS readings, record and photographs and independent witness signatures.
The record car was also fitted with a tracking device, provided by fleet telematics and stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER.
Guinness rules also stipulated the Town Tourer be in each respect a standard model to replicate “real world” conditions.
Independent witnesses verified this at the beginning and end of the journey.
Refueling was done at regular stations where the tank was topped off each time. Tires were filled recommended pressure and wheel alignment
Honda of course does not sell this car or any diesels in the U.S. The vehicle’s 1.6-liter turbodiesel is rated at 118 horsepower, 221 pounds-feet torque and a manual gearbox is available.
Zero to 62 mpg is 10.5 seconds, top speed is 121 mph, and the vehicle looks like it would beat any diesel sold in the U.S. for fuel economy.
It has 22 cubic feer liters of storage space, and competitors include the Ford Mondeo, Ford Focus Estate, and estate version of the Volkswagen Golf.
Do you reckon a federalized car like this would sell well here?
Town Tourer World Record
Town Tourer World Record
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