Audi milks 27 km from each litre of diesel

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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.

PHOTO: RAC

Jour­nal­ist An­drew Frankel and race driver Re­becca Jack­son set a new cross-bor­der world record with one tank of fuel in an Audi A6.

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