Honda Civic Sets World Record With 100-MPG Run Through 25 Countries

Honda Civic Tourer Guinness World Record Car Front Three Quarter 1

Next time you’re in Europe and you’re feeling sour about their high fuel costs, try on your hypermiling shoes. Honda sure has, setting a new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption through all 24 European Union countries. Pressing forth on an epic road trip covering 8,387 miles, two Honda R&D engineers took a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC averaged 100.31 mpg over 25 days. The Honda Civic Tourer i-DTEC is a diesel-powered wagon, making 118 hp and 221 lb-ft from its 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four. The sole transmission available is a six-speed manual.

Honda Civic Tourer Guinness World Record Car Front Three Quarter 2

The trip began in Aalst, Belgium before traversing Europe in a clockwise fashion that would terminate back at the starting point 24 days later. Drivers Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, both of whom are Honda engineers, followed Guinness’ rules to the letter. They made no modifications to the Honda Civic Tourer, inflated tires to the recommended pressure, always filled the car full of diesel to maximum capacity, and collected a range of evidence to prove their feat of efficiency. Averaging 932 miles per tank of diesel, Honda’s stunning 100-mpg average is more than 25 percent better than the Civic Tourer’s projected 74.3 mpg in European testing. McGrath and Warren are colleagues of 18 years, but we’re sure they got to know each other better than ever before after an average of 380 miles and about 7.5 hours of seat time per day. That’s an average speed of about 51 mph, which means this wasn’t a World Record attempt full of thrills and excitement. “After spending so much time behind the wheel Julian and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!” said McGrath, in a statement. Having hypermiled an Audi A3 across the American southwest, we can tell you first-hand that driving this efficiently takes patience and discipline. Honda chalks their success up to careful route planning, smooth throttle and braking inputs, carrying as little weight as possible aboard the Civic, keep the car well-maintained, and anticipating upcoming road conditions. Given the scale of this attempt, which is the equivalent of driving to Australia from the U.K., we’d say these two earned themselves a real, proper vacation.

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