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1 554 miles on a single tank of fuel: Ford and Continental set a new record

EU tyre labelling Published the 10/08/2012 by Daniel

Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink, two Norwegian drivers, set a new record for the longest distance driven in a passenger car on a single tank of fuel. In two days, they travelled over 1550 miles in a Ford Mondeo Econetic 1.6L turbo diesel equipped with ContiEcoContact 5 tyres from Continental. A success in line with regulations to label tyre performance, particularly in terms of rolling resistance and the tyre’s contribution to fuel consumption.

1554 miles at 101 miles per gallon Copyright © : Continental

As the first labels start to appear on new tyres, tyre manufacturers are promoting the excellent quality of their products for performances considered by the European tyre labelling regulation: wet grip, contribution to fuel consumption and external rolling noise.

In particular, this is the case of Continental who has just set a new record with Ford for the longest distance driven in a passenger car on a single tank of fuel. The feat took place in May, between Helsinki (Finland) and Skedsmo (Norway). The car, a Ford Mondeo Econetic 1,6L turbo diesel, was equipped with Continental ContiEcoContact 5 tyres, renowned for their low rolling resistance, in size 205/60 R16 and inflated to a pressure of 2.8 bars.

In 46 hours, Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink, the two Norwegian drivers, travelled exactly 1576 miles without refuelling (71 l / 15.6 gallons). This is equivalent to an average fuel consumption of 101 mpg.

1554 miles on one tank of fuel. Fuel economy record.Copyright © : rezulteo

The drive took them from Haparanda, on the west coast of Finland, then south along the east coast of Sweden to Uppsala.  From Uppsala, they continued via Orebro up Uddevalla before reaching Oslo, in Norway. Since there was still some fuel left in the tank, the two drivers continued northwards. The car finally ran out of fuel south of Skedsmokors, in the Skedsmo municipality.

In setting this new record, how much of this success is down to the tyres?  

Compared with a conventional tyre, Continental estimates that fuel consumption is down by 3% with the ContiEcoContact tyres, allowing approximately 46.6 more miles to be driven.