Golf TDI sets lower 48 mpg record with 81.17 mpg average!

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  1. chittychittybangbang

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    Herndon, Va. — Volkswagen of America, Inc., is pleased to announce today that the 2015 Golf TDI® Clean Diesel, part of the family of vehicles that won the 2015 North American Car of the Year, has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. contiguous States for a non-hybrid car” with a remarkable 81.17 mpg. Traveling 8,233.5 miles around America in 16 days on $294.98 of Shell® Diesel fuel, the Golf beat the previous mark of 77.99 mpg by more than 3 mpg, and also beat the hybrid vehicle record of 74.34 mpg by more than 6 mpg.

    “Covering 8,233.5 miles on just 101.43 gallons of Clean Diesel fuel is a remarkable accomplishment, and solid proof of the efficiency and fuel economy of Volkswagen’s TDI® Clean Diesel vehicles,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Whether on a long road trip, or even in daily commuting, the great mileage and long range of our TDI models is a pure convenience factor that few other vehicles on sale can match. It’s a simple formula: Less Stop, More Go!”

    The record-setting Golf TDI, sporting Volkswagen of America’s 60th anniversary emblem, as well as logos from sponsors Shell®, Goodyear®, LG®, Garmin® and Linear-Logic®, departed from Volkswagen of America’s headquarters in Herndon, Va., on Monday, June 22. It returned on Tuesday, July 7, having visited all 48 contiguous states.

    Wayne Gerdes, automotive journalist and founder of cleanmpg.com, was the primary driver. His co-driver was Bob Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in energy and conservation projects. Gerdes is an expert hypermiler who has set mileage records in more than 100 vehicles. In 2013, Gerdes set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car” in a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI, with an outstanding 77.99 mpg.

    “Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel engines are just amazing,” said Wayne Gerdes. “I don’t think people realize the potential mileage you can get from them. In our experience, it is possible to get truly impressive mileage results by using just a few simple fuel-saving techniques.”

    The 2015 Golf TDI uses Volkswagen’s advanced turbocharged and direct-injection Clean Diesel engine to achieve an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. The Golf TDI joins five other models in Volkswagen’s TDI lineup that achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or better on the highway.

    For the attempt, the Golf TDI used Shell ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, available at nearly 8,000 Shell stations nationwide, and Goodyear Assurance® Fuel Max® tires which feature a fuel-saving tread compound to help increase fuel efficiency and offer confident all-season traction. The record-setting Golf TDI was also equipped with a Linear Logic ScanGauge II to precisely measure fuel economy, G4 smartphones by LG® and a Garmin nüvi® 57 LM GPS navigator to meet GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ tracking requirements.
     
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    Wayne's tips are some of the same tips I've been telling people.

    Drive slow. A rough rule of thumb is that as you double the speed, you need the 4 times the power due to air drag alone. This is why any car with 100 hp can go 100 mph but to go 200 mph you need at least 5-600 hp.

    As you're going up hills, let the car slow down to your target speed with constant accelerator %. As you go down the same hill, let the car speed up to your target speed.

    Accelerate slowly to stoplights instead of flooring it. I don't know why people rush to stop at the next red light. You're just burning up fuel and brakes.
     
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    Every time you use your brakes, you are converting the kinetic energy, which you used fuel to achieve, into unrecoverable heat. The engine braking provided by DSG makes it especially easy to minimize the use of brakes.
     
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    Does anyone know what his average speed was? I try to drive below the posted speed limit but its dangerous with trucks tailgating. Great news to see diesel on top.
     
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    I suspect very slow. Audi did a cannonball run of sorts using several A3's, and the winner averaged 63mpg, clocking over 800 miles on one tank of fuel. the driver's tell there story here and noting they were traveling "well under the speed limit" http://www.thetorquereport.com/2014/10/how_to_drive_834_miles_on_one_.html
     

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