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THE Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and Audi have set a new Guinness World Records 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.
The #RecordRoadTrip began in Maastricht at 9.48 am (GMT) on Tuesday June 9 and ended in Hungary at 12.44pm (GMT) on Wednesday, June 10 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.
RAC #RecordRoadTrip co-ordinator Simon Williams said: “The last few miles of the Guinness World Records title attempt were nail-biting as the A6 ultra’s computer was reading “zero miles” with 16 miles to go to reach Hungary to make it 14 countries.
“Andrew and Rebecca’s achievement in driving the A6 ultra 1 158,9 miles and setting a new Guinness World Records title for the RAC and Audi is phenomenal. We were very keen to use a standard executive class production car, the like of which is regularly driven through Europe by British holidaymakers every summer, to set a record that will be tough to beat.
“The car was not modified in any way as it comes with fuel-efficient, low rolling resistance tyres as standard. This really shows how far it’s possible to drive in a modern vehicle and that the price of fuel — albeit cheaper on the continent — should not put anyone off exploring Europe by car.”
Jon Zammett, head of Audi UK public relations, said a real-world economy of almost 3,6 l/100 km can be had from the latest engine technology. “The Audi A6 TDI ultra has proven the range capability of one of the world’s most advanced executive cars.”
Frankel and Jackson faced numerous challenges in their 28hour driving adventure including diversions for both heavy traffic due to an accident and a closed tunnel which led to an unplanned mountain detour.
Frankel said he spent 25 hours, focused on maintaining an average speed of around 50 mph.
Jackson added it was a very different long-distance driving challenge to what she’ll be doing next year when she competes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016.
RAC’s new patrol ambassador of the year, Ben Wilson from Manchester, followed the recordattempt car.
Journalist Andrew Frankel and race driver Rebecca Jackson set a new cross-border world record with one tank of fuel in an Audi A6.