Nothing like one upmanship, indeed. In the latest round of cock a snook in the numbers game, a standard production model 1.6-litre 105PS TDI Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.
The attempt, made in England by a team from The Sunday Times, involved taking the Passat BlueMotion from Maidstone, Kent to the south of France and back. After 1,526.63 miles, or 2,456.87km, the car finally ran out of gas near Calais.
The route comprised mainly French highways, but included some town driving, resulting in an average speed of just over 72.5 kph.
Gavin Conway drove the Passat BlueMotion during the three-day record-breaking journey, accompanied by a navigator and video crew. Following the entire drive in a van was a two-man team from the UK AA, there to witness the journey independently for the Guinness World Records organisation, which accredited the record.
The Passat BlueMotion’s fuel tank was drained before the record breaking journey and filled with 77.25 litres of standard diesel, and the end result was an overall fuel consumption of 89.83 miles per gallon, or if you prefer metric, 31.8 km per litre (3.14 litre per 100km). Which is quite a fetching figure.
Expect attempts by the Teutonic competition to break this record, and not too long in the future. It is, after all, undoubtedly about bragging rights, and right now it’s Veedub’s to rub.