Over the last few years, fuel economy has become a much more important part of the consumer’s car buying decision with all of the major manufacturers investing heavily to increase this aspect of a car’s design. This makes cars like the record-holding Honda Civic Tourer below, a car which embarked on an epic road trip across Europe to prove its real-world fuel economy, even more important and impressive. So much so that it has made one last journey… to the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Honda have shared with MotorMartin that their British-built fuel-sipping Civic currently holds the Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency, having completed a gruelling drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in just 25 days, with Swindon-based Honda engineers Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren behind the wheel. Recording an average fuel consumption of 100.31mpg across the 8,387 mile trip, the Honda stopped just nine times to refuel, at a total cost of just £459, with an average tank lasting an incredible 932 miles.
The record was set in June 2015, with strict rules stating that all 24 EU countries had to be visited and the same two drivers must be in the car for the whole journey, giving Fergal and Julian the challenge of driving a daily average of 600km, sharing a minimum of 7.5 hours in the car each day.
Fittingly for such an important car, it was presented last week to British Motor Museum curator, Stephen Laing, by Fergal and Julian, taking its place in the Collections Centre to form part of its line-up of more than 300 cars. Appropriately, it joins one other Honda – a Prelude that was a gift to British Leyland’s chief, Sir Michael Edwardes from Honda boss Mr Kawashima – when the two companies signed their historic partnership agreement in 1979.
Fergal explained to MotorMartin recently that: “Julian and I are extremely proud of the Honda Civic Tourer and enjoyed embracing all of the challenges that came with setting the Guinness World Records title in 2015. It is fantastic that this British-developed and built car will now be on display in the British Motor Museum, and is a testament to the hard work of the Honda team involved.”
Stephen Laing, British Motor Museum curator, explained to MotorMartin that: “The Museum is a fitting place for the record-holding Civic Tourer to park up for one final time. Honda has been a major manufacturer in the UK for 25 years, building and engineering cars at its Swindon factory. The Civic reflects the modern-day output of Britain’s diverse motor industry, the story of which the Museum tells through its collections.”
For further information about the British Motor Museum and its collections MotorMartin certainly recommends that you click here. You won’t be disappointed.
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