BMW 116d EfficientDynamics achieves 36.46 kmpl at 2012 RAC Future Car Challenge

BMW 116d EfficientDynamics was driven by Green-Car-Guide.com team drivers Paul Clarke and Paul Andrews at RAC Future Car Challenge 2012. Between thm, they have won…

BMW 116d EfficientDynamics was driven by Green-Car-Guide.com team drivers Paul Clarke and Paul Andrews at RAC Future Car Challenge 2012. Between thm, they have won 9 eco driving events and 24 class wins in special stage rallies. Here with the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics, they have achieved 103 mpg (26.46 kmpl) across, the Brighton to London 64 miles route while at the same winning Internal Combustion Engine Class.

Brighton to London route is not straight. It consists of many miles of hilly terrain besides stretches of area across London’s traffic scenario. Despite these difficulties and constraints, the team was able to clock 103 mpg which is a noteworthy fact. This shows that hybrid and electric cars though expected to have a sound future, vehicles with internal combustion engines too have proved their worth where fuel consumption is concerned.

BMW 116d EfficientDynamics is a premium car in its class. It is way ahead of Kia Rio, Vauxhall Astra and Renault Clio. It is a rear wheel drive hatchback which can speed from 0 to 62 mph (100 kmph) in 10.5 seconds to reach a top speed of 121 mph (193.6 kmph). This clean and green vehicle due to its enhance fuel efficiency and low level of auto emission is not entitled to any Vehicle Excise Duties nor is it liable for London Congestion Charges.

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BMW BREAKS THE 100MPG BARRIER

BMW’s award-winning and cleanest car currently on sale in the UK now has another accolade. A BMW 116d EfficientDynamics five-door Hatchback entered into the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012 achieved an outstanding103mpg over the 64-mile Brighton to London route, winning the Best Internal Combustion Engine class in the process.

The route from Brighton to London included many miles of uphill section and busy London traffic, but event organisers measured the fuel used over the challenging route recording a 39 per cent improvement over the official 74.3mpg combined economy figure. The Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge event was first introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. It features competitors driving electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission conventional petrol and diesel cars on a route from Brighton to London, using the least amount of energy possible. The event is a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology.

The 116d benefits from a suite of BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies, which are designed to maximise fuel economy and lower emissions. These technologies were put to good use on the completely standard car by an experienced driving duo from Green-Car-Guide.com editor, Paul Clarke, and engineering specialist Paul Andrews from Oaktec, who between them have won nine eco-driving events and 24 class wins in special stage rallies.

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics is a rear-wheel-drive family hatchback that can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 10.5 seconds, has a top speed of 121mph yet still achieves impressive performance figures. With its 99g/km emissions figure the BMW 116d qualifies for zero Vehicle Excise Duty, is exempt from the London Congestion Charge and it has a benefit in kind rating of just 13 per cent for company car drivers.

Steve Chater, Corporate Operations Manager, BMW UK said: “We know our cars are class-leaders when it comes to efficiency and driving pleasure but this result raises the bar further. Being able to achieve more than 100mpg is an outstanding result and this is on top of it being the cleanest BMW ever offered for sale in the UK courtesy of 99g/km CO2 emissions. 2012 has seen BMW launch ActiveHybrid models in 3, 5 and 7 Series guises, but while we push ahead bringing new technologies to market we will continue to enhance the conventional combustion engine as has been clearly demonstrated here.”

Paul Clarke, Editor of Green-Car-Guide.com, said: “It is an incredible achievement for a BMW to achieve over 100mpg on a busy Saturday morning drive from Brighton into central London. Hybrids and electric cars certainly have an important future, but it shows that people shouldn’t write off the internal combustion engine yet, as its efficiency is improving all the time.”

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics was the only premium brand vehicle in its class. As well as competing in the event, the Green-Car-Guide.com team also drove the car from the North West to Brighton, and back again, a round trip of over 500 miles, and achieved more than 90mpg over the motorway route. Eco-driving principles were applied during the event to achieve the extremely high fuel economy. See more extensive coverage of the drive at www.Green-Car-Guide.com

GREEN-CAR-GUIDE.COM ACHIEVES CLASS WIN IN 2012 RAC FUTURE CAR CHALLENGE IN BMW 116d EFFICIENTDYNAMICS, RETURNING 103MPG

Green-Car-Guide.com drove a BMW 116d EfficientDynamics in the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012 and achieved 103mpg over the 64-mile Brighton to London route, winning the Internal Combustion Engine class.

The Green-Car-Guide.com team consisted of Paul Clarke and Paul Andrews, who shared the driving. Between them, they have won 9 eco-driving events and 24 class wins in special stage rallies.

The route from Brighton to London included many miles of uphill sections, and busy London traffic. The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics was a completely standard car. The event organisers measured the fuel used over the 64-mile route, and this equated to 103 miles per gallon.

Paul Clarke, Founder and Editor of Green-Car-Guide.com, says: “It is an incredible achievement for a BMW to achieve over 100mpg on a busy Saturday morning drive from Brighton into central London. Hybrids and electric cars certainly have an important future, but it shows that people shouldn’t write off the internal combustion engine yet, as its efficiency is improving all the time.”

Paul continues: “In our road tests we have always focused heavily on the miles per gallon that cars achieve compared to their official figures, and we are usually disappointed with a car’s real-life economy in everyday driving compared to the manufacturers’ claims. It’s therefore refreshing that this BMW exceeds its claimed economy figure – without any compromises to the driving experience.”

Steve Chater, Corporate Operations Manager, BMW UK said: “We know our cars are class-leaders when it comes to efficiency and driving pleasure but this result raises the bar further. Being able to achieve more than 100mpg is an outstanding result and this is on top of it being the cleanest BMW ever offered for sale in the UK courtesy of 99g/km CO2 emissions. 2012 has seen BMW launch ActiveHybrid models in 3, 5 and 7 Series guises, but while we push ahead bringing new technologies to market we will continue to enhance the conventional combustion engine as has been clearly demonstrated here.”

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics was the only premium brand vehicle in its class. It beat the Kia Rio, Vauxhall Astra and the new Renault Clio. As well as competing in the event, Green-Car-Guide.com also drove the car from the North West to Brighton and back again, a round trip of over 500 miles, and achieved more than 90mpg over the motorway route.

In addition to founding and editing Green-Car-Guide.com, Paul Clarke runs Automotive Comms, a consultancy specialising in communication in the automotive industry. Both Paul Clarke and Paul Andrews are members of the Northwest Automotive Alliance. Paul Andrews, who runs the engineering consultancy Oaktec, is well known for competing in eco-marathons, as well as winning motorsport events in a hybrid rally car. As part of a North West-led consortium, Paul has recently been awarded Technology Strategy Board funding to develop a lightweight, low emission ‘Car for Young Drivers’.

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics is a rear-wheel drive family hatchback that can accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds, has a top speed of 121mph, and has no range limitations as long as you can refuel with diesel.

The official combined economy figure of the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics is 74.3mpg, which equates to 99g/km CO2. The extra-urban fuel economy is 83.1mpg, and urban fuel economy is 64.2mpg. The 116d pays zero Vehicle Excise Duty, it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge, and it has a benefit in kind rating of just 13% for company car drivers.

The 116d benefits from BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies, which are designed to maximise fuel economy and lower emissions.

The Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge event, sponsored by RAC Motoring Services, was first introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. It features competitors driving electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission conventional petrol and diesel cars on a route from Brighton to London, using the least amount of energy possible. The event is a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology. The Best Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) award was sponsored by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative.

Eco-driving principles were applied during the event to achieve the extremely high fuel economy. See more extensive coverage of the drive at www.Green-Car-Guide.com