Civic Tourer World Record

The attempt by a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC to set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Lowest Fuel Consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries’ has been accomplished. Two members of Honda’s European Research and Development Team drove the car to a record average of 2.82 litres per 100 km (100.31 mpg) over 13,498 km in a 25-day drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries.

Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, the two members of the R&D team, took on the challenge to showcase the real-world fuel economy of the Tourer. The distance travelled was akin to driving to Australia from their home in the UK, with nine refuelling stops in total. Achieving an incredible average 1,500 km on each tank of fuel, the total cost was just 645 Euros (RM2,716).

Setting off from Aalst in Belgium on June 1 and returning to their start point on June 25 after navigating the continent in a clockwise direction, they recorded fuel economy figures that exceeded the Tourer’s quoted efficiency of 3.8 litres per 100 km (74.3 mpg) by more than 25%.

Honda targets new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for fuel efficiency with 13,000km drive across Europe

The rules for setting the record stated that the same two drivers must be in the car for the whole journey and drive approximately 600 km each day each day, working out to around 7.5 hours of driving daily. The title attempt required cars to have a fuel/mileage logbook, GPS readings, video and photographs and independent witness signatures for proof.

The record-breaking car – a standard model, as stipulated by the rules – was fitted with a tracking device. Fuelling was carried out at regular filling stations, with the tank filled to the maximum at each stop to ensure no weight advantage.

Both team members were amateur drivers who adopted careful and sensible route planning, whilst anticipating road conditions ahead with smooth driving without harsh acceleration or braking.