This month, two members of Honda’s Research and Development team will climb inside a Honda Civic Tourer and embark on a special journey. Starting from Aalst, Belgium, the two man team will head towards the Netherlands and Germany, travelling in a clockwise direction around the continent, with the goal of arriving back in Aalst 25 days later, after covering a total of 8,459 miles.
The official Guinness World Records title is ‘Lowest Fuel Consumption – All 24 EU Countries,’ measuring in litres per 100km and miles per gallon calculated over the entire journey. If Honda is successful in their record attempt, it will apply to all cars, including hybrid and electric models.
The guidelines for the record attempt are strict, stipulating that the car must enter each of the 24 countries specified, collecting a range of evidence to prove that it has done so, such as a fuel or mileage log book, GPS readings, video and photographic evidence and independent witness signatures.
The Civic Tourer will be fitted with a tracking device to monitor the route, journey time and distance driven, providing accurate data in real time.
The rules also state that the same two drivers must be in the car for every kilometre of the journey, and two of Honda’s Research and Development colleagues gladly volunteered. Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren have been colleagues for over 18 years at Honda’s European manufacturing facility in Swindon and will both be tasked with driving an average of 370 miles, taking around 7.5 hours each day.
Fergal McGrath commented: “We are very much looking forward to the record attempt, and while we’re excited we’re both a little nervous about the scale of the task that awaits us. A huge amount of planning has gone into taking on this challenge and we look forward to what we hope will be a successful result when we return to Brussels on June 25th. But we’ve got more than 170 hours behind the wheel to contend with first!”
The Guinness World Record attempt comes on the back of several independent tests which prove that Honda’s 1.6 i-DTEC engine consistently out-performs its quoted fuel efficiency when put in real world driving conditions. Honda, keen to once again underline this performance in a challenging way which the brand are famed for, jumped at the chance to set a benchmark with a Guinness Word Record attempt that has never before been attempted in Europe.
Phillip Crossman, Managing Director of Honda UK, commented: “Since its launch in 2013, we have seen the i-DTEC engine consistently over-perform on real-world fuel efficiency in our Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V models, and this is our opportunity to put it to the ultimate test on a huge scale. We are very confident of a great result and we wish the team all the very best of luck as they take on the challenge.
Follow Fergal and Julian’s progress in real time online at www.tracker.co.uk/RealFuelChallenge