Honda set a new world record for fuel efficiency

Honda has set a new world record for fuel efficiency after one of its cars covered 13497.5km across 24 EU countries — using just £459 of diesel.

Honda set a new world record for fuel efficiency

Two amateur drivers spent 25 days behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC, which recorded an average of 100.31 miles per gallon.

Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren stopped a total of nine times to refuel during their journey, which equalled the distance of driving from the UK to Australia.

The car, which was a standard model without any modifications, achieved an average of 1,500km on each tank of diesel, a fuel cost of £459 in average UK prices.

McGrath and Warren, both members of Honda’s European research and development team, set off from Aalst in Belgium on June 1 to navigate the continent in a clockwise direction.

They returned to the start point on June 25 having exceeded the Tourer’s quoted efficiency — 74.3mpg — by more than 25%.

The drivers will be presented with the Guinness World Records title for ‘Lowest fuel consumption — all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)’ at Honda in Swindon, Wiltshire, today.

McGrath said: “It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new Guinness World Records title has made all of the hard work worthwhile.”

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