Rally team push limits of fuel economy
A team of former rally drivers managed to stretch a single gallon of fuel to a distance of over a hundred miles in a competition measuring driving efficiency.
Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott clocked up a staggering 108.78mpg in their Ford Fiesta Econetic 1.6 TDCi vehicle at the annual MPG Marathon. This compares favourably to the car's official fuel economy figure of 85.6mpg.
The contest was held on a route between South Wales and the Cotswolds this year. The 370-mile distance was further complicated by difficult weather conditions.
Competitors attempted to drive as carefully as possible, with gentle braking and acceleration reducing the amount of fuel typically consumed. In the end, Marriott and Dawson beat the nearest challengers by over six miles per gallon.
Ross Durkin, the event organiser, said the results were "impressive by anyone's standards". He believes that motorists should treat the official fuel efficiency figures of their vehicles as a target that they can outperform simply by driving smarter.
published: 11/10/2012 17:00:01