Zayco Hermanos break own recordA new fuel economy record was set on January 18 in the Petron Xtra Mile Challenge Champions Edition with the winning car logging in a total distance of 1,402.4 kilometers on one full tank of Petron Xtra Unleaded.
Traversing the length of Luzon from Bangui just next to the resort town of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, all the way down to the southernmost tip in Matnog, Sorsogon, and then turning around to stop in Bgy. Bonifacio in the town of San Fernando, Camarines Sur, brothers Emilio "Tootsie" and Emmanuel "Mansu" Zayco broke their own prior record in a Honda Jazz 1300 automatic transmission sponsored by Honda Cars Kalookan.
By optimizing the superior fuel economy formulation of Petron Xtra Unleaded and the CVT (continuously variable transmission) technology of the Honda Jazz, Team Zayco Hermanos was able to reaffirm its dominance in Petron's iconic fuel economy marathon run.
Coming in at second place was The Philippine Star team of Jeff Reyes and Lester Dizon, logging in a distance of 1,323.5 kms. In third place, at 1,318.3 kms, was the BusyBodies team of Roman Floresca and Delfin Perez, assistant business editors of The Philippine Star and Manila Bulletin, respectively.
The other teams competing in the Petron Xtra Mile Challenge Champions Edition also logged impressive distances, making it all the way from the take-off point in Bangui, Ilocos Norte down to Matnog, Sorsogon and backtracking through Bicolandia. Ron and Ronald de los Reyes of AutoReview placed fourth at 1,311.3 kms; Pocholo and George Ramirez logged 1,269.2 kms; Louis and Sheila Ramirez reached 1,267.3 kms; while Jess Garcia and Joseph Javier (DZRH-DZRB team) finished at 1,253.1 kms. The Team of Mike and Grace Asuncion was unable to finish due to a minor accident that caused some damage to their engine.
According to Petron president Kamal M. Al-Yahya, "The Xtra Mile Challenge proves that the superior formulation of Petron Xtra Unleaded delivers the best combination of performance and fuel efficiency. The Petron Xtra Mile Challenge encourages ordinary motorists to be more conscious about fuel economy as getting the most out of every liter of fuel is key to fuel conservation. The real winner of the Petron Xtra Mile Challenge is the Filipino consumer. Every one can go the Xtra Mile."
All teams drove a Honda Jazz 1300 automatic transmission, with Honda Cars Kalookan, Honda Cars Quezon City, and Honda Cars Shaw as the official car sponsors. Supporting the event were Hewlett-Packard, Certina Swiss Timepieces, Speedlab, Top Gear magazine, and Gadgets magazine. The results were verified by official observers from the national auto club, the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), and the national motoring press corps, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI).