Driving through 14 countries on one tank of fuel earned Audi and the RAC a new Guinness World Record title. For this challenge, the unmodified Audi A6 TDI ultra was chosen. The vehicle easily surpassed its official rating of 67mpg with an average of 75.9mpg. It completed 1158.9 miles without requiring a fuel-stop.
For almost 28 hours, the A6 TDI ultra was driven by motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson from the Netherlands to Hungary, while passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.
According to Head of Audi UK Public Relations Jon Zammett, the automaker proved that with the latest engine technology, it can achieve real-world economy of nearly 76 mpg or more after having covered a large portion of Europe on just one fill-up.
The Audi A6 TDI ultra is proof of the range capability of one of the most sophisticated executive cars in the world. During the 28-hour trip, the two drivers encountered multiple challenges, which include diversions for heavy traffic because of an accident as well as a closed tunnel that had resulted to a mountain detour that wasn’t in the plan.
Famous newspaper car reviewer Andrew Frankel said that he is “delighted” to be a member of the team that achieved this record. He remains confident that it will take some time before anyone else can surpass this record. However, he said that the challenge was harder than they had thought it would be from an endurance point of view.
While continuously driving for 28 hours, they maintained a 50 mph average speed. He shared that it was still normal driving but it was “nevertheless demanding.” According to racing driver Rebecca Jackson, the challenge was to keep a constant, fuel-efficient speed, not be slowed down by other vehicles, and then accelerate to the optimum speed once more.
She pointed out this was a very different long-distance driving challenge to what she will do in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016.
The Audi A6 TDI ultra, which is at the top of the A6 range in terms of efficiency, stands for the peak of the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s focus on maximization of efficiency for outstanding fuel economy and emissions, strengthened by a refusal to make compromises.
The ‘ultra’ badge is reserved for the most fuel-efficient A3, A4, A5, A7 Sportback and TT models, which are already available for ordering.