OSLO, Norway – Two Norwegians have completed a world record attempt to drive the 2,456 kilometres from Murmansk to Oslo on just 70 litres of diesel, achieving an average fuel consumption of 0.283 litres per 10 kilometres.
Driving a standard Mondeo Wagon, the two-man team of Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgervink departed from Murmansk in Russia late last week. They travelled as far as Uddevalla in Sweden before running out of fuel on Saturday night after 40 hours on the road. While they did not achieve a new record, they had covered 2,161.5 km, giving an average fuel consumption of 0.32 litres per 10 kms.
The Mondeo was powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine developing 115 HP.
There were two elements which made the world record impossible. The first was the start. The first 250 kilometres out of Murmansk were driven on something barely resembling a road, with large stones and deep potholes and one steep hill after the other.
The other was 1,000 kilometres driving through pouring rain in Finland and Sweden; if there is something a world record economy drive doesn’t want, is its soaking wet roads and headwind.
“Before the trip started we checked out every turn, crossing and hilltop in the whole of Norway, Finland and Sweden before we started”, said Henrik. “Russia is still a closed country, and it was difficult to get good information. We had to rely on the map, and a thick red line normally means a good road, at least a road with asphalt. We were wrong.
“Obviously it was irritating not to reach our goal of a world record, but we had a fantastic trip in the Mondeo. And 0.32 litres per 10 km shows the potential.”
They are already looking into the possibility of giving it another shot in the summer of 2012.