Audi A6 TDI ultra drives through 14 countries with no fuel stops

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 17, 2015

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.

Press Release

AUDI A6 TDI ULTRA GOES THE DISTANCE AND SETS NEW WORLD RECORD

Audi and the RAC have officially set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title by driving to 14 countries on a single tank of fuel. The unmodified Audi A6 TDI ultra chosen for the challenge comfortably exceeded its official 67mpg-plus potential by averaging a remarkable 75.9mpg and completing a total of 1158.9 miles without the need for a fuel-stop.

Motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson drove the A6 TDI ultra almost non-stop for nearly 28 hours from the Netherlands to Hungary, passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.

Commenting on the new record, Jon Zammett, Head of Audi UK Public Relations, said: “By covering so much of Europe on a single fill-up, we have proven that real-world economy of almost 76 mpg or more can be had from the latest engine technology. The Audi A6 TDI ultra has proven the range capability of one of the world’s most advanced executive cars."

Both drivers faced numerous challenges in their 28-hour driving adventure including diversions for both heavy traffic due to an accident and a closed tunnel which led to an unplanned mountain detour.

Andrew Frankel, respected newspaper car reviewer, said: “I’m delighted to be part of the team that has set this record and would like to think it will stand for some time as we eked out every last mile from the A6’s tank. From an endurance point of view the challenge actually proved to be far harder than both Rebecca and I imagined it would be.

“Despite sharing the driving we were on the road almost continuously for 28 hours, focused on maintaining an average speed of around 50mph. In order to do this you have to be fully aware of what’s going on around you and anticipate what could happen with the traffic ahead. While it was normal driving in one sense, it was also a very different type of driving, but nevertheless demanding.”

Racing driver Rebecca Jackson added: “I feel Andrew and I have helped the RAC and Audi set a record to be proud of. I’m known for driving pretty fast, but this challenge was naturally more about maintaining a constant, fuel-efficient speed and not being caught out by vehicles which would cause us to slow down and then accelerate to the optimum speed again. This was an amazing event and a very different long-distance driving challenge to what I’m doing next year when I compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016.”

As the efficiency champion of the A6 range, the Audi A6 TDI ultra represents the pinnacle of the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s absolute focus on maximisation of efficiency for extraordinary fuel economy and emissions, underpinned by a refusal to compromise on the hallmarks that define an Audi. The ‘ultra’ badge is also reserved for the most frugal A3, A4, A5, A7 Sportback and TT models, all of which are available to order now.

This new world record also proves just how capable the A6 ultra is of covering huge distances closer to home – in Britain, the same car could theoretically swallow whole the well known A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 arterial roads, again without a single fuel stop. If laid end-to-end, these key trunk roads, which sprawl southwards and westwards from the centre of London towards Southampton and Bristol, and radiate as far north as Glasgow, would stretch for 933 miles.

Topics: audi, audi a6, sedan, diesel, tdi

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