A friend of mine once tried to break the world record for the longest time standing on one foot. The record (at the time) was held by Arulanantham Suresh Joachim of Sri Lanka for standing on one foot for 76 hours and 40 minutes. My friend lasted 2 minutes, then collapsed in heap and wondered if he’d maybe broken a bone in his leg. Silly boy. If he wanted to get into the Guinness Book of World Records, all he had to do was buy a Volkswagen Passat.
Favstocks reports that the Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion has set the Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel. The stunt started in Maidstone, Kent, UK. They attempted to drive to the South of France and back again. Unfortunately, on the way back to the UK, the Passat ran dry near Calais, France. In total, the Passat travelled 1,526.63 miles (or 2,456 kilometers, for all you imperial measurement haters) on 77.25 liters of regular diesel. Or 20.4 US gallons. That equates to 74.8 miles per US Gallon or 89.83mpImpG. What makes this particularly impressive is that the Passat Bluemotion’s official fuel consumption figures are (combined) 64.2 mpImpg (53.45mpUSg). The car mainly stuck to the French autoroutes, but did do some town driving. However, what made this test slightly unrealistic for real world users is that the average speed for the trip was 45mph. 45mph?! No wonder the whole trip took 3 days!
The irony is that cars like the Passat Bluemotion are well suited to American driving styles. You have long drives between towns (possibly, states) and your cars are used much more frequently than in Europe. If Volkswagen can federalize it, would it tickle your fancy…?