The world’s most fuel-efficient couple has done it again. John and Helen Taylor were determined to break the record for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank. They decided to attempt the record in the United States with a2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI Clean Dieselwith six-speed manual transmission. The previous record was 1526.6 miles, achieved with a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel in Europe.
The result? A new world record of 1626.1 miles, achieved on one tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Travelling for three days across nine states, the couple averaged 84.1 miles per gallon, spending 4.65 cents per mile. The drive commenced May 3, 2012 in Houston and ended May 5, 2012 in Sterling, Va.
To simulate real-word driving conditions, the Taylors included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during daylight to experience normal traffic situations. They took turns driving and didn’t travel more than 14 hours per day.
“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one tank,” said John Taylor. “The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record.”
The Passat’s 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 43 mpg on the highway. The TDI engine is equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) that fulfills emissions requirements in all 50 states.
Before the drive, Houston law enforcement calibrated the odometer and validated mileage, fuel fill-up, and gas tank sealing. Virginia law enforcement verified mileage at the end of the journey.