The “mileage experts” John and Helen Taylor have done it again! The couple recently completed a 1,626-mile drive in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI without stopping once for fuel. The couple was determined to break the record for the furthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel, and they did it in a “clean diesel” vehicle equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
The previous record for the most miles covered on a single tank of diesel was 1526.6 miles, achieved with a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel in Europe. The Taylors set a new record of 1626.1 miles on one tank, which equates to an average of 84.1 miles per gallon during the three-day trip, which took them through nine states. The three-day drive commenced on May 3, 2012 in Houston, TX and ended on May 5, 2012 in Sterling, Virginia. To make the drive as realistic as possible, the couple included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during daylight hours to experience normal traffic situations. Additionally, the couple took turns driving and didn’t travel more than 14 hours per day.
“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel,” said John Taylor. “The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record.”
The 2012 Passat’s 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel four-cylinder engine generates 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. of torque, and with a manual transmission delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 43 mpg on the highway.
Prior to the drive, the speedometer and odometer were calibrated by a state certified testing station in Houston, Texas. Law enforcement officers from the city of Houston, Texas oversaw validation of mileage, fuel fill-up, and gas tank sealing at the beginning of the drive. A Loudoun County, Virginia Sheriff’s Deputy verified completion of the drive and mileage prior to removing the fuel tank seal.
This obviously isn’t the first time that the Taylors have set out to break a fuel economy record. The Taylors have made a career out of driving efficiently and conducting workshops globally on fuel-efficient driving techniques. They have collected more than 90 world fuel economy and vehicle-related records from drives around the globe. The couple also provides fuel-efficient tips on their website, www.fuelacademy.com.