Wayne Gerdes goes hypermiling in Volkswagen Passat TDI and sets Guinness World Record with 3.02 litres per 100 km

Volkswagen Passat TDI has set a new Guinness World Record. The vehicle in question was put to the test through a 16 day trip by Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger who travelled across 48 US states (they skipped Alaska and Hawaii for obvious resaons), travelling a total of 8,122 miles (13,071 kilometers).

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They achieved 77.99 mpg fuel efficiency, beating all previous records and earning the vehicle a name in the record books. Passat TDI recorded lower fuel consumption even compared to hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg. The record shattering Volkswagen Passat TDI covered a distance of 8,122 miles with 104.94 gallons of fuel, displaying just how efficient and cost effective the TDI Clean Diesel vehicles are.

The 2013 Passat TDI utilizes VW advanced turbocharged and direct injection Clean Diesel engine mated to a six speed manual transmission. This allows Passat TDI to go 795 miles across the highway before needing a refill. Actual mileage will vary and depend on various factors such as driving habit, and condition of the vehicle among other factors.

Volkswagen_Passat_TDI (1)Delegate Tom Rust said,”Breaking a world record is a huge accomplishment, and I’m especially pleased that Volkswagen of America—a Herndon, Virginia-based company—is doing its part to make its products more environmentally compatible and less dependent on foreign oil by using cutting-edge diesel technology. Congratulations!”

Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., said, “To cover 8122 miles on just 104.94 gallons of fuel is nothing short of astonishing and shows just how economical our TDI Clean Diesel vehicles can be. Even for everyday drivers, the mileage benefits of our TDI engines are significant: Volkswagen has no fewer than six TDI Clean Diesel models that achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or better on the highway.”

Wayne Gerdes, founder of cleanmpg.com and primary driver for the drive said, “We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with the Passat TDI.” “but to smash it by averaging 77.99 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel vehicles. It shows how much the fuel consumption depends on the driver.Obviously, we employ some specialized techniques to achieve such figures, but there’s no reason why owners of TDI vehicles shouldn’t be able to achieve great mileage with a few simple pointers.”

For the drive, Shell ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and Continental PureContact® with EcoPlus® Technology tires with Tg-F polymers were used. The specific tyres aid in rolling resistance reduction, and better fuel efficiency. A Linear Logic ScanGauge II measured fuel economy. Guinness World Records tracking requirements were met by Droid® RAZR MAXX™ HD by Motorola.