Honda has achieved a Guinness World Record title for fuel efficiency on a long-haul drive around Europe.
Two members of Honda’s research-and-development team achieved an average of 100.31 mpg during an 8,387-mile trip across all 24 contiguous EU countries. They were driving a Euro-spec Civic Tourer with a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine.
The trip started out in Aalst, Belgium, on June 1, navigating the continent in a clockwise direction and eventually returning home on June 25. Both co-drivers had to stay in the car the whole time, each driving approximately 7.5 hours daily.
“It was tough, but we really enjoyed it, and setting this new Guinness World Records title has made all of the hard work worthwhile,” said driver Fergal McGrath. ” After spending so much time behind the wheel [co-driver Julian Warren] and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!”
The journey was verified via GPS tracking and independent witnesses. The company could not make any modifications to the vehicle, use any special fuel or run any out-of-spec settings, such as higher tire pressure. The tank even had to be filled to the maximum at each stop, preventing any weight advantage.
Honda suggests driving speed was always within the law and “keeping up with traffic conditions.”