Two members of Honda’s European Research & Development Team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren have proved that the Honda Civic diesel 1.6 i-DTEC is the most fuel efficient car when it comes to real world. The duo clocked an average of 2.82 liters per 100 kms (35.46 kmpl) over a distance of 13,498 kms while driving across all 24 EU countries for a period of 25 days.
Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren after finishing the road trip in Honda Civic diesel 1.6 iDTEC.
Using just £459 (INR 45,110) of diesel, the drivers set a new world record for fuel efficiency. They stopped to refill their fuel tank 9 times along a route which equaled a distance from UK to Australia. Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC was a standard model with no modifications made to accomplish this feat.
The journey started from Aalst in Belgium on 1st June 2015, going on to navigate the continent in a clockwise direction. The two drivers who took turns at the wheel, returning to starting point on 25th June 2015 exceeding the Civic Tourer’s fuel efficiency by over 25%. The Guinness World Records title for Lowest Fuel Consumption in 24 contiguous EU countries was presented to the drivers at Honda Swindon, Wiltshire where they were applauded for their efforts.
Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren with the record setting car.
To comply with this prestigious record, there were certain rules and regulations to be followed. Both drivers should have been in the car throughout the journey. This meant that McGrath and Warren had to drive the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC for an average of 380 miles per day for about 7.5 hours. The car had to touch each of the 24 countries along the route while drivers had to maintain fuel/mileage log book, keep GPS readings and collect videos and photographs along with signatures from separate witnesses.
The car was fitted with a tracking device while each time the fuel tank had to be filled up to the maximum limit so as to ensure no weight advantage. Tyre inflation and wheel alignment had to be in accordance with factory specifications while driving speeds had to be kept at levels permitted by law.