Fuel Economy Driving Records By Australians in Australia and Overseas

Since 1982, Helen and John Taylor have consistently continued to break World Driving Records and country National Driving Records, with 93 world driving records to date, incorporating 46 speed world driving records in petrol, diesel, cng, hybrid and lpg categories (retired from speed drives), as well as 47 fuel economy world driving records. The below chart is a brief overview of some of the records the Taylors have broken and they will not be the last, as the Taylors are encouraging Australians to go out and break existing records as well as set many exciting national and world record drives around the globe in the future.

Year

Record

Car

Comments

1982

Round Britain Economy Record

Ford Fiesta Petrol

3,628 miles, 43.75 miles per gallon

1982

John O'Groats to Lands End, UK, End to End

Ford Fiesta Diesel

900 miles on less than a tank, 90.05 miles per gallon

1982 to 1985

7 Economy Driving Records in Europe

Ford Fiesta Diesel & Petrol

9 World Economy Driving Records in 3 years for Ford

1987

Round Britain Economy Record

Ford Fiesta Diesel

3,609 miles, 85.2 miles per gallon

1987

Round Jersey Economy Record & Jersey National Record

Ford Fiesta Diesel

Covering the 48 mile coastal road route, averaging 128 miles per gallon, in Aid of The Children In Need Appeal Channel Islands

1988

John O'Groats to Lands End, UK, End to End

Ford Fiesta Diesel

900 miles on less than a tank of fuel, at 92.5 miles per gallon

1990

Sydney to Adelaide on less than a tank record

Daihatsu Charade Turbo Diesel

1,330.06 km's on less than a tank, 107.38 miles per gallon, City to City Driving World Record

1990

Round Australia Economy Record

Daihatsu Applause

14,517 km's at 4.43 L/100 km

1991

Round Australia Petrol Economy Record

General Motors Holden Barina

14,500 km Economy Petrol Drive, at 75.57 miles per gallon, still a record 17 years down the track

1991

Round Britain Economy Record

Daihatsu Charade Turbo Diesel

3,621 miles round Britain at 103.01 miles per gallon

1992

Round Australia Over 4 Litre Economy Record

Ford Falcon 4.0i Petrol

14,857.8 km's, averaging 42.49 miles per gallon

1992

Sydney to Melbourne LPG on less than a tank of LPG, World Record

Ford Falcon 4.0i LPG

900 km's on less than a tank of LPG, 1st and only time achieved, at 39 miles per gallon

1992

John O'Groats to Lands End UK, 4 Wheel Drive World Record

Range Rover Diesel

1,440 km's on less than a tank of fuel, at 53 miles per gallon, in 19 hours driving

1993

John O'Groats to Lands End, Natural Gas Economy Challenge

British Gas, 10 Ford trucks, cars and buses

Clean Across Britain, showing Natural Gas infrastructure in place, whilst breaking Economy Records in different categories

1993

Coventry England to Milan Italy

Rover Cars Diesel

4 Rover cars, travelled 925 miles on less than a tank, at 68 to 83.75 miles per gallons, European Economy Fleet Car Records

1993

John O'Groats to Lands End Fuel Economy

Jaguar V8 Petrol

1094.6 km's on less than a tank of fuel

1994

City to City Economy Record Australia

Land Rover Diesel

1,484.13 km's, at 53.39 miles per gallon, from Darwin to Alice Springs Australia, World Record

1994

City to City to City Economy Record

Toyota Land Cruiser Diesel

Sydney to Melbourne to Sydney, 1,654.6 km's, at 59 miles per gallon, on less than a tank

1994

Round Australia LPG Economy Boral Gas Record

Ford Boral Gas 4.0i LPG

14,433.2 km's Round Australia, at 9.9 L/100 km, First LPG Record to break 10 L/100 km

1996

Italy to UK Economy 4 Wheel Drive Record on less than a tank of fuel

Jeep Cherokee 2.5 Turbo Diesel

1,440.80 km's at 58.47 miles per gallon, Engine plant, Cento Italy to Jeep UK, HQ, Dover, England

1997

Italy to UK 7 Seater MPV Economy Record

Chrysler Voyager 2.5 Turbo Diesel

1,392.8 km's at 53 miles per gallon, with a family and luggage

1999

City to CityEconomy Record

Daewoo Musso 2.9 Turbo Diesel

1,703 km's at 61.24 miles per gallon, Melbourne to Brisbane, 4WD World Record

1999

Automatic Transmission UK Economy Record

DaimlerChrysler Grand Cherokee 3.1 TD Automatic

1,176 km's from Jeep UK HQ to north west Scotland, at 42.86 miles per gallon

2000

City to City Petrol Economy Record

Daewoo Matiz Petrol

1,111.7 km's on less than a tank, Australia

2000

City to City MPV 7 Seater Economy Drive

DaimlerChrysler Voyager 2.5 Turbo Diesel

1,724 km's, at 65.3 miles per gallon, from Graz Austria to Brussels Belgium

2000

23 Speed Endurance Records over 24 Hours

DaimlerChrysler Voyager 2.5 Turbo Diesel x 2 vehicles

23 World Endurance, Distance Records, covering 4,303.4 km's in 24 hours, in a 7 Seater MPV

Year

Record

Car

Comments

2002

Record, Longest Distance Covered on a Single Standard Tank of Fuel

Peugeot 406 HDiDiesel

2,348.3 km's covered in 36 hours, on less than a standard tank of fuel from Melbourne to Rockhampton Australia

2004

2 x Round Australia Fuel Economy Records, Diesel & Overall categories

Peugeot 307 HDi XS Touring Diesel

Averaged 81.16 to 88.86 miles per gallon, 3.49 L/100 km's, covering 14,634 km's round the coastal road route of Australia

2004

Malaysia Book of Records & Singapore Book of Records National Fuel Economy Records

Toyota Camry 2.0 Litre Petrol Automatic

Covering 1,052.5 km's from Singapore to Penang to Kuala Lumpur, 4.99 L/100 km, 20.05 km/L

2004

Malaysia Book of Records & Singapore Book of Records National Fuel Economy Records

Lexus RX300, 3 Litre, V6 SUV PetrolAutomatic

Covering 1,025.8 km's from Singapore to Penang to Kuala Lumpur, 6.88 L/100 km, 14.54 km/L

2004

Malaysia Book of Records & Singapore Book of Records National Fuel Economy Records

Subaru Impreza 1.6 Petrol

Covering 838.5 km's from Singapore to Genting / Kuala Lumpur to Singapore on less than a tank of fuel

2004

Malaysia Book of Records & Singapore Book of Records National Fuel Economy Records

Volvo S60 2 Litre Petrol Automatic

Covering 1,289 km's from Singapore to Penang to Kuala Lumpur to Malacca

2005

Indonesia Book of Records, National Fuel Economy Record

Subaru Outback Petrol

Covering 1176 km's on less than a tank from Jakarta to Bandung to Jakarta to Bandung to Jakarta

2006

Round The World Fuel Economy

Shell / VW Golf 1.6 FSi Petrol

Covering 25 countries on 4 continents, averaging 4.5 L/100 km's on this epic 29,717 km drive

2006

Round South Africa Fuel Economy National Record

Shell / VW Golf 2.0 Litre Petrol

Driving 3,800 km's using only 3 tanks of fuel, averaging 4.3 L/100 km

2006

Oman Fuel Economy National Record

Shell / VW Golf 2.0 Litre Petrol

Driving 1000 km's from Muscat to Salalah on two thirds of a tank of fuel

2008

Setting a new standard for SUV's

Jeep Compass & Jeep Patriot Diesel

Six Countries - One Tank of Fuel, London to Poland

2008

Round Australia Fuel Economy Overall Record

Peugeot 308 HDiDiesel

Averaged 90.75 miles per gallon, 3.13 L/100 km's, covering 14,580 km's round the coastal road route of Australia

2008

US 48 Contiguous States Lowest Fuel Consumption World Record

VW Jetta TDI, Diesel 2.0 Manual

Driving 9,419 miles achieving 58.82 US MPG 70.64 Imperial MPG 3.99 L/100 KM 11.04 Tanks of Shell Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel costing US$ 653.06

2009

Round Britain Lowest Fuel Consumption World Record

Peugeot 308 HDiDiesel 1.6 Manual

Driving 3,700.1 miles achieving 126.82 MPG, 2.23 l/100 km on 2.41 Tanks of Shell Diesel costing £136.24

2009

US 48 Contiguous States Lowest Fuel Consumption World Record

VW Jetta TDI, Diesel 2.0 Manual

Driving 9,505 miles achieving 67.9 US MPG, 81.55 IMP MPG, 3.46 l/100 km. Using 139.97 US Gallons of Shell Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel costing US$ 371.03

2011

Round South Africa Lowest Fuel Consumption Hybrid World Record, June 9th - 25th

Toyota Prius, Hybrid

Driving 4,432 KM's 3.148 L/100 KM 3.1 Tanks of Shell Gasoline, Rand 1,425.90

2011

US 48 Contiguous States Lowest Fuel Consumption Gasoline World Record, August 1st - 22nd

Chevy Cruze Eco, 1.4 Gasoline Manual

Driving 9,564.2 miles achieving 64.42 US MPG 77.37 Imperial MPG 3.65 L/100 KM 11.79 Tanks of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines costing US$541.24

2012

US 48 States Lowest Fuel Consumption Hybrid World Record April 7th - 28th, 2012

Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines Team

Driving 9,033 miles, 69.98 US mpg, 84.05 Imperial mpg, 3.36 L/100 Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines US$516.51

2012

One Tank Fuel Economy World Record, May 3rd/4th/5th

VW Passat TDi US Team

Driving 1,616.9 miles, 84.162 US mpg, 101.083 Imperial mpg, 2.794 L/100 km, Shell Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel US$75.62

2012

Tour De Holland Record 10 Provinces, May 11th/12th/13th

Shell FuelSave Challenge 'Tour De Holland'

Driving 1,020 km's, 25.5 km/l, 3.92 L/100 km, Shell FuelSave Euro 95 EUR 69.96, 40 litres used

2012

Shell VW Smarter Driver Challenge - Coast-to-Coast Canada, 12-22 June 2012

VW Passat Comfortline

6,339.9 km's driven, Achieving 5.59 L/100 KM 17.895 KM/L 50.54 IMP MPG, 4.69 tanks of Shell Bronze fuel, 1,352 km's on every tank, costing $452.90 in total