Honda is on a mission to prove that its 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine is the most fuel-efficient engine available, and plans to break a world record in the process. The automaker recently announced that a Honda Civic Tourer, equipped with the 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine is making a 13,000 kilometer (8,000 mile) drive across each of the 24 contiguous European Union countries. In doing so, Honda hopes to break the fuel efficiency world record.
Two members of Honda’s European Research & Development team are taking the challenge head-on, embarking on their 25-day journey on Monday, June 1st in Aalst, Belgium. The duo is travelling Europe in a clockwise direction, returning to Aalst, Belgium on June 25th.
The official Guinness World Record rules state that the same two drivers must be in the car for every mile of the trip , in order to earn the title of “Lowest Fuel Consumption—all 24 contiguous EU countries.” The record applies to all cars, including electric and hybrids – certainly an accomplishment for a gasoline vehicle.
In anticipation of the journey, Kate Saxton of Honda Motor Europe commented, “Since its launch in 2013 we have seen the 1.6 i-DTEC engine consistently over-perform on real-world fuel efficiency in our Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V models, and this is our opportunity to put it to the ultimate test on a huge scale. We are very confident of a great result and we wish the team all the very best of luck as they take on the challenge.”
Check out the progress here.
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