Honda has earned iself a new Guinness World Record for registering the highest fuel efficiency ever recorded in a car. Using a Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC, they recorded an impressive average of 35.46kmpl over a distance of 13,498 kilometres which was covered while travelling across 24 countries of the European Union.
Driven by two members of Honda’s research and development team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, the journey started at Aalst in Belgium on June 1 and ended at the same point on June 25. With a full tank range of over 1,500 kilometres, the record-breaking average exceeded Honda’s claimed efficiency of 26.32kmpl by 9.14kmpl.
The rules of Guinness World Record stipulate that the car had to be in its standard for in every aspect and any kind of modification is prohibited to avoid giving the car an advantage. The drivers were required to be in the car for the whole journey and drive approximately 600 kilometre each day. The drivers were also required to collect a range of evidence including a fuel/mileage logbook, GPS readings, video and photographs and independent proof of witness signatures. Besides these, the Civic Tourer was also fitted with a tracking device to monitor the route taken by the car and the distance.