Audi and RAC have joined their efforts to attempt taking down a Guinness World Record. They will be using an A6 2.0 TDI ultra model to try and establish a new record for travelling to the most countries while using only a single tank of fuel. The journey will commence today in Netherlands with motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver/TV presenter Rebecca Jackson taking turns behind the frugal mid-size sedan.
Audi mentions the vehicle used for the record-breaking attempt is completely standard as it has not been modified in any way to boost fuel economy. The only change implemented is a body wrap meant to illustrate that particular A6 2.0 TDI ultra is used for establishing a new Guinness World Record. Based on the official numbers released by the company, the A6 2.0 TDI ultra returns 23.7 km/l which corresponds to CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km.
The economical vehicle is equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine producing 190 hp sent to the front axle through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional S tronic transmission. It is an ideal car for taking extended trips as it has a large 73-liter fuel tank capacity which doesn’t affect in any way the space available inside the cabin and also it does not diminish the trunk’s capacity.
Audi and RAC want to cover more than 1,609 km with the A6 2.0 TDI ultra by travelling from Maastricht in Netherlands to various countries such as Belgium, Luxemburg and France before heading to Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany and Italy prior to reaching the Balkans by using a single tank of diesel.
It should be mentioned the established route was selected by avoiding as much as possible congested towns and cities which would hamper fuel economy. For the same reason, Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson will try as much as possible to avoid busy motorways and mountainous regions in their attempt to obtain the lowest possible fuel consumption.