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Volkswagen Passat TDI Breaks Guinness World Record with 77.99 MPG

Continental Tire and Volkswagen set new record driving 8,122 miles on 104.94 gallons of gas

Toni Avery
Jul 1, 2013

The Details:

  • Volkswagen Passat TDI on Continental PureContact tires reach 77.99 mpg for record
  • Guinness World Record for 'Lowest fuel consumption-48 states for non-hybrid car'
  • Two drivers went 8,122 miles on 104.94 gallons of gas
  • Betters previous record of 67.9 mpg
  • No electric car here!

With 'hybrid' this and 'mpg' that, Volkswagen and Continental Tire have made a pretty solid argument for diesel after breaking a recent miles per gallon milestone. Receiving the Guinness World Record for, 'Lowest fuel consumption-48 states for a non-hybrid car,' the Volkswagen Passat TDI takes the need for a battery powered car and drives right over it.

The record was set achieving an incredible 77.99 mpg, that's better than most hybrids. The car was operated by two drivers: Wayne Gerdes, an automotive journalist and Bob Winger, an electronics engineer. The two drove across 48 states on just 104.94 gallons of fuel and one set of Continental PureContact tires. These tires are important for the world record result because of a claimed reduced rolling resistance and optimum balance of exceptional wet grip resulting in better fuel economy. The record betters the previous mark of 67.9 mpg and also smashes the hybrid vehicle record of 64.5 mpg.

"We're extremely proud to be a part of Volkswagen's Guinness World Record achievement," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. "To travel 8,122 miles over two weeks, on just 104.94 gallons of fuel, is a testament to the confidence that our PureContact tires provided Volkswagen, Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger. This world record definitely demonstrates the benefits of EcoPlus Technology for the consumer. We congratulate Volkswagen, Wayne and Bob on their accomplishment."

Continental has been busy setting records. Only a few months ago another record was made using a set of ContiSportContact 5P tires helping to achieve the world's longest sustained drift, which you can read about here: Link text....

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