Friday, June 28, 2013
Lowest Fuel Consumption In Lower 48 U.S. States: Volkswagen breaks Guinness world record
HERNDON, VA, USA -- Volkswagen of America has set a new world record for the "lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car" category with a stellar 77.99 mpg — more than 10 mpg better than the previous mark of 67.9 mpg; the Passat TDI Clean Diesel (drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger) departed from Volkswagen of America's headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, on Friday, June 7th, and arrived back on June 24th, having covered 8122 miles and visited all 48 states, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/ .
Photo: Volkswagen of America announced today that it has set a new world record for the "lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car" category with a stellar 77.99 mpg — more than 10 mpg better than the previous mark of 67.9 mpg. ( enlarge photo )
The Guinness world record for the Lowest fuel consumption - 48 US States (non-hybrid car) was set by Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger, who achieved a fuel consumption if 397.25 litres (104.94 US gallons) for an average of 3.10 1/100 km (77.99 mpg) driving a 2013 VW Passat TDI over 13,071 km (8,122 miles) through all 48 US contiguous states between June 7 and 23 2013.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest fuel efficiency lesson (multiple venues); it was attended by 3,243 people and was achieved by participants across the globe during an event organised by Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd (UK) in 11 locations internationally.
Volkswagen of America has set a new world record for the "lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car" category with a stellar 77.99 mpg — more than 10 mpg better than the previous mark of 67.9 mpg.
The achievement also beats the hybrid vehicle Guinness world record of 64.6 mpg by more than 13 mpg.
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 was the primary driver. Automotive journalist Gerdes has made a career out of hypermiling and has set mileage records in more than 100 vehicles, as well as achieving the record for lowest fuel consumption in the lower 48 U.S. states with a hybrid vehicle at 64.6 mpg.
His co-driver was Bob Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in energy and conservation projects.
"We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with the Passat TDI," Gerdes said, "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.
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."
# Plan in advance: look for impediments or topography 15 to 45 seconds ahead, rather than reacting to where you're currently driving. Use downhill momentum to help crest an uphill section.
# Allow the rabbits to win the race to the stoplights. Heavy braking and acceleration consume fuel at a far greater rate than coasting between intersections.
# Obey speed limits: The difference in fuel economy between 55 mph and 75 mph can be as much as 30 percent or even higher in some cars.
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Longest electric car journey - Mira EV
Cleanest Sports Car - Lotus Elise
Youngest person to have built an electric truck - Deitrich Ludwig
Most Advanced Horse-Drawn Carriage - Jeremy Dean
Fastest Bio-fuel Powered Car - E85 Viper
Fastest electric vehicle - Altairnano
Fastest circumnavigation using Biodiesel - Earthrace