A Honda Civic Tourer has set a new Guinness World Record for fuel economy after returning 100.31mpg over an 8,387-mile road trip across all 24 mainland EU countries.
The 25-day drive saw the Civic Tourer gain the record title for “Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 mainland EU countries (all cars)”, with the machine beating the 1.6 i-DTEC’s official 74.3mpg figure by more than 25 per cent.
Behind the wheel were two members of the Japanese car company’s European research and development team, who managed to eek out an average of 932 miles per tank of fuel, with the whole journey costing just £459 in fuel, having to stop just nine times to brim the tank.
With this economy figure, the Civic Tourer could have made it all the way from the UK to Australia. Navigating the continent clockwise from Aalst in Belgium on June 1 the Honda duo finally made it back to their start point on June 25.
It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new Guiness World Records title has made all of the hard work worthwhile.
This world record bid saw the drivers collecting evidence along the way to prove their journey, which included videos and photographs, GPS readings and a fuel/mileage logbook, with tracking device manufacturer Tracker monitoring the Honda’s route.
The car used was completely standard, with no modifications to give it any economy advantage, with tyres inflated to the standard pressures, making this drive more representative of real world conditions facing Civic buyers.
One of the drivers, Fergal McGrath said: “It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new Guiness World Records title has made all of the hard work worthwhile.
“After spending so much time behind the wheel Julian and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!”
July 8, 2015