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News   September 4, 2008   by Auto Service World

Australian Couple Seeks Guinness World Record For Fuel Efficiency


Two of the world’s most fuel- efficient drivers, John and Helen Taylor, will embark on the “Taylors’ Diesel Inspiration” tour — an attempt to break the current world record for lowest fuel consumption on a drive across the 48 contiguous United States.
To help meet this goal, the Taylors will be behind the wheel of a clean diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI employing simple “FuelStretch” fuel-saving driving tips they developed with Shell.
The Taylors are an Australian husband and wife team who set a Guinness World Record for driving around the globe on 24 tanks of fuel behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf in 2006, and as always, Guinness World Records rules and regulations will be strictly adhered to on this challenge.
Approximately 12 official check-in and refueling stops across the country are included throughout the duration of the drive, which is slated to conclude September 26 in West Virginia.
The current world record for the lowest fuel consumption on a nationwide drive is 51.8 miles per gallon.
“It will be a great challenge and adventure to drive through the 48 U.S. mainland states,” said Helen Taylor.
“We want to educate the American public that by choosing the right car, using the right fuel and adopting fuel-saving driving techniques, everyone in the U.S. can save money, fuel and reduce carbon emissions.”
Kicking off their more than 8,000-mile drive at a Shell station in Chantilly, Virginia, followed by a “flag-off” ceremony at the Volkswagen of America, Inc. headquarters in nearby Herndon, the Taylors are setting out on this challenge.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI at an economical 29 miles per gallon city and 40 miles per gallon highway.
“With everyone focused on stretching their fuel dollars, the Taylors’ world record-breaking attempt will demonstrate to American drivers that a little modification to vehicle maintenance and driving habits can help maximize fuel economy,” said Jens Mueller-Belau, U.S. retail fuels marketing, Shell Oil Products U.S.
The Taylors have made a 26-year career out of driving economically and conducting workshops globally on fuel-efficient driving techniques. Along the way, they have collected 36 world fuel economy world records from drives around the globe in Australia, Asia, South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America.


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