Audi, along with the Royal Automobile Club of UK, has announced that they will attempt at a Guinness World record with the Audi A6 2.0 TDI. Audi and RAC have collaborated to attempt to cross as many countries as possible with a single tank of diesel. British motoring journalists Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson will take on the record attempt.
Jon Zammett, Head of Audi UK Public Relations, said: “At a time when MPG (km/l) is a top priority we are using an A6 ultra to set a new world record, using real world parameters. It’s truly astounding how efficient our executive car can be in normal use, and our aim to cover over 1,000 miles (1,600 kms) across Europe on a single fill-up”
The record attempt will begin in Netherlands and at the time of writing, the duo of Frankel and Jackson have already set off. Their Audi A6 is equipped with a 2.0 liter turbodiesel paired with Audi's 7-Speed S-Tronic transmission and can go as far as 23 kilometers per liter. Aside from the diesel engine, the A6's 73 liter fuel tank will help the duo on their record attempt. For the record to be valid, the car must be left stock but tire pressure may be adjusted.
As ferry or rail Channel crossings would invalidate the title attempt the Record Road Trip will begin in Maastricht in the Netherlands, and will continue through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany and Italy towards the Balkans.
The setup for the Record Road Trip sees the drivers maintaining 90 km/h with drier changes every 4 to 5 hours. The car runs on low rolling resistance tires and the air pressures have been set to 35 psi in front and 38 psi at the rear.
RAC Road Trip coordinator Simon Williams said: “We’re confident the combination of two skilled drivers, a highly fuel efficient Audi A6 ultra and a route that takes in the most possible countries in the least fuel-taxing way will lead to a hard-to-beat record that covers at least 10 countries, hopefully more.”
You can monitor the team's progress through the official site, www.recordroadtrip.com, or via Twitter: @recordroadtrip #recordroadtrip