Japanese carmaker Honda has set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption, recording an average 100.31 miles per gallon over 8,387 miles in a 25 day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries.
Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, members of the European Research & Development (R&D) team from Honda, took on the challenge to demonstrate the real-world fuel economy of the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC Tourer.
The distance driven was as good as reaching Australia from the UK and the car had to make just 9 stops for fuel. Every full tank returned an average of 932 miles.
The journey to set the record began on the first of June from Aalst, Belgium and the continent was covered in a clockwise direction and returned to the start point on the 25th of June.
In order to set the record, the car must be a standard model in every respect, with no modifications and the car had to enter each of the 24 countries specified, collecting a range of evidence including a fuel/mileage logbook, GPS readings, video and photographs and independent witness signatures to prove that it has done so.
Also, the same two drivers must be in the car for the whole journey. The car returned incredible fuel economy, which even exceed the Tourer's quoted efficiency of 74.3mpg!