Fuelling record bid

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - MOTORS -

Honda re­search en­gi­neer Fer­gal McGrath, ac­com­pa­nied by BBC trans­port cor­re­spon­dent Paul Clifton, took on a fuel econ­omy chal­lenge over the week­end June 3-4.

The tank of the Honda Jazz was filled with just un­der nine gal­lons of petrol at Land’s End with the hope of get­ting to John O’Groats – a dis­tance of 844 miles – with­out re­fu­elling to es­tab­lish a world fuel econ­omy record.

Pro­vid­ing the of­fi­cial ad­ju­di­ca­tion and vi­tal sup­port for the record at­tempt over the week­end of June 3-4 were AA Pa­trol of the Year, John Snowl­ing, and AA Re­cov­ery Pa­trol of the Year, Tony Do­ran.

Crew mem­ber Paul (who wasn’t driv­ing) used a Go-Pro to add to the footage for a BBC broad­cast.

“We set off at 2pm in the af­ter­noon so we could pass the traf­fic hotspots of Birm­ing­ham, Manch­ester and Glas­gow dur­ing the night when it was quiet,” Tony ex­plained. “That way we could keep go­ing with­out fuel-con­sum­ing stops and starts.”

They achieved an al­most un­be­liev­able re­sult of 94 miles to the gal­lon – one tank and 844 miles!

The ob­jec­tive was to demon­strate that a mid-size petrol en­gine, with its lower emis­sions, can be a match for more ef­fi­cient diesel.

Through­out the trip data was recorded by the My Honda con­nected car tech­nol­ogy don­gle.

The jour­ney took 26 hours, with short stops only for re­fresh­ments and to change driv­ers. Sub­ject to of­fi­cial Guin­ness Book of Records con­fir­ma­tion, the crew have smashed the pre­vi­ous petrol car record. A fab­u­lous achieve­ment!

Gri­er­son and Gra­ham Honda Dealer prin­ci­pal, David Gra­ham, said: “This is an­other fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how Hon­das can gen­uinely achieve amaz­ing fuel econ­omy in the real world.

“I am de­lighted to be able to give ev­ery­one who pur­chases a su­per value ser­vice plan with any new Honda a free My Honda don­gle worth £255, so you too can mon­i­tor your econ­omy and try and set your own records.”

He added; “Fur­ther­more we are ex­cited to be able to of­fer a brand new Jazz for only £199 de­posit and £199 a month, mean­ing it is just as af­ford­able as it is eco­nom­i­cal.

“Please call in for de­tails.”

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