Fuel challenge car 'breaks record'
Published 10/06/2015 | 16:01
A car has been driven through 14 countries on a single tank of fuel in what is thought to have been a world record.
Motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson drove an Audi A6 Ultra a total of 1,158.9 miles almost non-stop for nearly 28 hours.
The pair started in Holland and ended in Hungary, with the Audi passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.
The trip began in Maastricht at 10.48am UK time yesterday and ended in Hungary at 1.44pm UK time today, with the pair averaging 75.9 miles to the gallon from the Audi's 73-litre tank,.
The two drivers endured diversions for heavy traffic and for an accident as well as a closed tunnel which led to an unplanned mountain detour.
The RAC's record-trip co-ordinator Simon Williams said: "The last few miles of the record attempt were nail-biting as the car's computer was reading 'zero miles' with 16 miles to go to reach Hungary to make it 14 countries.
"Andrew and Rebecca's achievement is phenomenal.
"We were very keen to use a standard executive class production car.
"The car was not modified in any way other than being fitted with fuel-efficient, low rolling resistance tyres."