Ever wondered how far you can get through Europe before having to fill up with fuel? Motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson did… and managed to break a world record in the process.
The duo piloted a diesel Audi A6 Ultra 1,158.9 miles almost non-stop for nearly 28 hours from the Netherlands to Hungary.
Their route passed through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.
It was carefully selected to avoid congested areas and MPG-busting mountains, with the pair averaging 75.9mpg from the Audi A6 Ultra’s 73-litre fuel tank.
Coordinator of the RAC #RecordRoadTrip, Simon Williams, said: “The last few miles of the record attempt were nail-biting, as the A6 ultra’s computer was reading ‘zero miles’ – with 16 miles to go to reach Hungary to make it 14 countries.
“The car was not modified in any way other than being fitted with fuel-efficient, low rolling-resistance tyres. This really shows how far it’s possible to drive in a modern vehicle and that the price of fuel – albeit cheaper on the continent – should not put anyone off exploring Europe by car.”
The pair faced a number of obstacles, including congestion caused by crashes, plus a closed tunnel that resulted in an unplanned mountain detour.
Frankel added: “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 25 hours, focussed 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.”