With the growing pace of hybrid technology in the automotive industry, it always seems like there are new categories of records to be broken in terms of clean, efficient travel. But as Volkswagen has proven, a fuel-sipping car with a low carbon footprint doesn’t necessarily have to be a hybrid. They’ve proved this with the Passat TDI, which uses clean diesel fuel and clocks an average of 43 miles per gallon.
And now, they’re using the car to set a Guinness World Record.
The challenge? Volkswagen will send the Passat on an 8,000-mile trek across all of the lower-48 states in America and back with the lowest possible fuel consumption for a non-hybrid vehicle. A little much, you say? Well, with a 43 mpg car that can go up to 795 miles on one tank of gas (that’s 10 fill-ups total for the trip), we at Lindsay Volkswagen think it’s definitely possible.
Behind the wheel for this awesome trek will be cleanmpg.com founder, Wayne Gerdes, and conservationist specialist and electrical engineer, Bob Winger, serving as navigator.
To achieve the maximum output for their go at the record, the sedan will be fueled with ultra-low-sulfur diesel and Continental PureContact with EcoPlus tires for reduced rolling distance and increased fuel economy respectively. In addition, the car is also fitted with Linear Logic ScanGauge and Droid RAZR MAXX HD smartphone to track their progress.
You can bet your bonnet we’ll be following the progress of this record attempt from here in Sterling, VA and will be updating our blog as we find out more. For information about how you can own a 2013 Volkswagen Passat sedan, get in touch with us through our website’s live chat, call us by phone, or stop by our showroom anytime during business hours.