No sooner than Honda sent a diesel to completely around Europe and into the record books, Volkswagen has also set a new Guinness World Record for the contiguous U.S.
Using a 2015 Golf TDI diesel, a pair of drivers hit all 48 contiguous States in 16 days on just 101.43 gallons, or $294.98 worth of fuel. The trip totaled 8,233.5 miles and the car averaged a stellar 81.12 mpg, excellent enough to claim a new record for “lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. contiguous States for a non-hybrid car.”
The Golf beat the previous record by more than 3 mpg, while it also beat the current hybrid vehicle www.rawvehicle.com record by a full 6 mpg. The drivers were automotive journalist and hypermiling expert Wayne Gerdes along with Bob Winger, an electronics engineer.
The 2015 Golf TDI is rated at 45 mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission. For the record setting run, the car used Shell diesel along with Goodyear Pledge Fuel Max tires.
This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com