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Audi and RAC traveling through as many countries as possible on a single tank of fuel

Audi and RAC traveling through...
It is thought that driving team Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson will be able to travel for over 1,000 mi (1,609 km) using just one tank of diesel
It is thought that driving team Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson will be able to travel for over 1,000 mi (1,609 km) using just one tank of diesel
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It is thought that driving team Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson will be able to travel for over 1,000 mi (1,609 km) using just one tank of diesel
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It is thought that driving team Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson will be able to travel for over 1,000 mi (1,609 km) using just one tank of diesel

Today's efficient cars may help us to minimize fuel costs, but just how far can they take us on one tank? That's what RAC and Audi are finding out with their Record Road Trip. The Guinness World Record attempt to see how many countries can be visited on a single tank of fuel began this morning.

The vehicle being used for the journey is an Audi A6 TDI Ultra, chosen for its good fuel economy of 67.3 mpg (28.6 km/l) and large 73-l (16-gal) tank. The A6 will be unmodified, save for the use of fuel-efficient, low-rolling-resistance tires aimed at further improving fuel-efficiency.

With motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson behind the wheel of the A6, the journey began at 9:47 am in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The route is said to have been carefully planned by the RAC to avoid high-fuel-usage areas such as congested towns and cities, motorways and mountains. It will take them through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany and Italy toward the Balkans.

Frankel and Jackson must drive carefully to use as little fuel as possible and to achieve as high a mile per gallon figure as possible. They have a targeted average speed of 56 mph (90 km/h). It is thought that they will be able to travel for over 1,000 mi (1,609 km) using just one tank of diesel.

You can keep track of Frankel and Jackson's progress on Twitter @RecordRoadTrip or using the hashtag #RecordRoadTrip, and at recordroadtrip.com.

Source: RAC

5 comments
Freyr Gunnar
> 28.6 km/l
The standard way of putting things, is liters/100km.
In this case, it's 4,2 liters per 100km.
> They have a targeted average speed of 56 mph (90 km/h).
It'd be interesting to have the car followed by a velomobile, possibly with a small electric assistance and a swapable battery. Then we can compare how much energy + time both used to travel the same distance, with the velomobile not burning fuel (provided the electricity was generated by carbon-free methods).
Keith Reeder
"The standard way of putting things, is liters/100km."
There's NO standard way: in the UK we talk about mpg (miles per gallon).
jstack6
How last century. Why not a Tesla with ZERO fuel tanks and ZERO pollution in each of those countires.
Cas Tuyn
I would have taken an Audi A4, mine has a 67 liter tank, and the A4 is somewhat smaller and lighter.
Come to think of it, they could do this with the A3 and A2 too, although I think the A2 had quite a small tank as it was designed as a fuelsaver vehicle.
Stephen N Russell
Try this in the US, Transcon US from East or West.