Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) again collaborated with its largest Ford and Mazda dealer, Lazarus, to enter the 36th annual Total Economy run with various FMCSA Ford and Mazda products.
The Total Economy Run is an annual regularity rally event where the fuel consumption of standard production vehicles are carefully measured over specified asphalt road routes over two days and 1,100 km. Most local vehicle manufacturers (Ford, Mazda, GM, Toyota, VW, BMW, Nissan) and vehicle marketers (Citroen, Peugeot, GWM, Mahindra, Geely, Tata, Mini, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Subaru, Volvo, Jeep) entered with their best hopes of winning. Drivers and navigators included well-known local motorsport heroes and TV and radio celebrities, including Miss Earth. Jaco Erasmus, Adriaan Mocke and Van Aardt Schoeman of FMCSA Product Development participated in this event as part of the FMCSA team.
Each driver and navigator team was joined by an observer supplied by the organizers to ensure all rules adhered to at all times.
This year the route was especially challenging. It took place in the Mpumalanga province (translated: Province where the sun rises) in the east of South Africa over very hilly areas and scenic passes with altitude varying from 500 meter to 1,900 meter above sea level at prescribed speeds close to the national speed limit (120 km/h).
FMCSA entered 14 Ford and Mazda vehicles and achieved exceptional results:
Overall winner of 2012 Total economy run and winner of class L (Diesel 1.4L - 1.6L passenger vehicle) of the economy run with a Fiesta 1.6L Diesel. 4.485l/100km. Closest competitors were VW Golf Blue Motion and Renault Megane.
Winner of class C ( Petrol 1.45 - 1.6L passenger vehicle) with a Fiesta 1.6L Petrol. 6.013L/100km. Closest competitors were GWM C10 and Mini Cooper.
Second in class C with a Focus 1.6L Petrol. 6.151L/100km.
Second in class B (Petrol 1.1L - 1.45L passenger vehicle) with a Figo 1.4L Petrol. 6.329L/100km.
Winner of class E (Petrol 1.8L - 2.0L passenger vehicle) with a Mazda CX5 2.0L. 6.575L/100km. Closest competitors were BMW 320i and Audi A4.
Second in class P (Petrol SUV and Double cab pickup) with a Ford Kuga 2.5L Auto. 8.862L/100km.
Second in class M (Diesel 1.6L - 2.0L passenger vehicle) with a Ford Focus 2.0L Powershift. 5.929L/100km.
Winner of class N (Diesel 2.0L - 2.5L passenger vehicle) with a T6 Mazda BT50 2.2L Hi-Power 4x2 DC. 8.253L/100km. This was the best performing 4x2 Pickup, beating VW Amarok, GWM and Tata.
Third place in class Q (4x4 SUV and Double cab pickup) with a T6 Ford Ranger 2.2L Hi-Power 4x4 DC. 8.318L/100km. (Driven by Jaco Erasmus and Adriaan Mocke from FMCSA PD). This was the best performing 4x4 Pickup, Beating the 4x4 VW Amarok by 0.31L/100km, as well as the 4x2 Amarok, GWM and Tata.
Special prize win of the best commercial vehicle above 2.5L: T6 Ford Ranger 3.2L 4x2 Wildtrak DC. 8.369L/100km. They beat both the 2.0L 4x2 and 4x4 VW Amarok as well as the 2.0L GWM and Tata, which is note worthy. A 3.2L beating a 2.0L!
Full results can be found at the following website: Http://www.totalmotorsport.co.za/Os/OsTSAMotorsport.nsf/VS_OPM/46B6B59939C9974CC12574BF004187F8?OpenDocument
The teams are awaiting next year's challenge eagerly to prove the superiority of yet to be launched Ford and Mazda models!