Fuelling record bid
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.”