A Volkswagen Passat has set a new world record by driving 1,527 miles on a single tank of fuel.
The record attempt, which has been formally ratified by the Guinness World Records team, saw a team from drive from Maidstone in Kent to the South of France and back, finally running out of fuel just short of Calais on the return leg.
The three day trip over motorway and urban roads saw the VW Passat Bluemotion with a 1.6-litre 104bhp diesel engine record an overall fuel consumption of 89.9mpg, beating the official figure of 64.2mpg, while still maintaining an average speed of over 45mph. The team worked out that the 77.25 litres of standard diesel were used at an average cost of 6.17p a mile.
The drive was accompanied by a pair of AA patrolmen in a van who verified the record, which enters the books for the longest distance travelled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.
The Passat was completely standard, with the stop start technology, low rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic body kit standard to the Bluemotion.