A Mercedes E-Class has been driven from Africa to the UK on a single tank of fuel.
British journalist Andrew Frankel drove the standard, British-registered Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID on the 1,223 mile journey.
Averaging 73.6 mpg, the trip took him from Tangier in Northern Africa to the UK, visiting two continents, four countries and three time zones in a total time of 27 hours on the road, which he shared with a relief driver, arriving at Goodwood in time for its appearance at the Festival of Speed.
The original intention was simply to see if it were possible to get to the UK without refuelling, but on arriving at Goodwood and the Festival of Speed late last night the fuel gauge was yet to register empty, the car estimating 100 miles worth of fuel was still available.
During the course of the journey Andrew encountered heavy rain, intense heat, rush hour traffic jams and dramatic elevation changes – providing a real challenge to the aim of travelling from Africa to the UK without the need to fill up.
The car, fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank (a popular £100 option), was scrupulously standard – enduring the 26 hours of driving with relative ease.
Despite the focus on economy on the run from Africa, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which emits just 109g/km of CO2, is no slouch. Its 204 hp diesel engine and 27 hp electric motor combine to allow it to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 7.5-seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 150 mph.
The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is available as a saloon or an estate with prices starting from £39,880.