KOTBOTN, Norway – Two Norwegians have set a European fuel economy record by driving a 1.6 Mondeo ECOnetic Technology TDCi model between two Scandinavian capitals, Helsink, in Finland and Oslo in Norway.
They completed the non-stop 2,536.4 km journey on 70.92 litres of fuel.
Knut Wulthil, 52, and Henrik Borchgrevink, 42, departed from Helsinki at 05.00 on Saturday morning. They reached their destination at 03.10 on Monday morning. During the 46 hour journey, the Mondeo achieved fuel economy of 2.79648 litres per 100 km.
The route they followed took them along Finland’s west coast to Haparanda and then down along the Swedish east coast to Stockholm. From here they drove to Uddevalla on the Swedish west coast and up to Oslo. They crossed Oslo from the south and finally came to a halt 25 km north of the capital.
The same two drivers attempted to establish a world record last year by driving a Mondeo from Murmansk in Russia to Oslo, but were impeded by bad weather and harsh Russian roads.
In the USA, a team recently claimed a world record in a rival car by covering a distance of 2617km but with 2.2 litres more fuel, achieving an average fuel consumption of 2.8l/100km.
Anne Sonsteby, information director, Ford Norway, commented: “While the Norwegian pair in the Mondeo achieved a better average fuel consumption, their attempt is not yet officially recognised. Significantly, however, Wilthil and Borchgrevink have been in contact with the Guiness World Record office in Britain. The organisation said that it no longer measured the longest on a single tank of fuel. That rule will also apply to the US couple, so the Norwegians’ achievement is as official as it can be.”