A VW Passat BlueMotion has set a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by a production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.
The attempt, carried out by a team from the British Sunday Times newspaper, involved driving from Maidstone in Kent to the South of France and back. The Passat BlueMotion finally ran out of fuel close to Calais after completing a distance of 1526.63 miles.
The route mainly followed French autoroutes, but included some town driving, resulting in an average speed of around 45mph. Gavin Conway for The Sunday Times, drove the Passat BlueMotion during the three-day record-breaking trip, accompanied by a navigator and video crew.
Powered by a 1.6-liter common-rail TDI engine developing 105hp, the Passat BlueMotion used was a standard production model. In common with the Polo and Golf BlueMotion models, the Passat is fitted with aerodynamic modifications to the bodywork, a lower ride height, Stop/Start system, programmed battery charging, longer gearing and low rolling resistance tires. The result is a vehicle that is conventional to drive, service and maintain yet among the most efficient vehicles on the road.
The Passat BlueMotion's fuel tank was drained before the record-breaking journey and filled with 77.25 liters of diesel (20.5 gallons US), resulting in an overall fuel consumption of 89.83 miles per gallon (74.8mpg US). This substantially exceeds the Passat BlueMotion's official combined figure of 64.2mpg (53.5mpg US).
In setting the record, the Passat BlueMotion traveled a distance equivalent to driving from New York to Los Angeles with a single stop for diesel.