Fuel economy champions Helen and John Taylor have driven around Tasmania in a diesel-engined Jaguar XF Prestige 20d luxury sedan, covering more than 1100 kilometers on less than a tank of premium Diesel.
The epic drive started at Devonport’s William Street Caltex service station on April 20 and finished there the next day after covering 1,136 kilometres, using only 42.59 litres of Premium Diesel and averaging 3.75 L/100 km. The all-new Jaguar XF has a 66 litre fuel tank.
The around-Tasmania drive went from Devonport to Deloraine then onto Launceston, Scottsdale, Derby, St Helens, Swansea, Triabunna, Sorell, Hobart, Hamilton, Derwent Bridge, Queenstown, Rosebery and Burnie before heading to the Devonport finish.
The entire drive, Tasmania’s first fuel efficiency circumnavigation record run, was witnessed by Australian Book of Records representative Phillip Swindells and was carried out in realistic driving conditions with the Taylors obeying all speeds limit and traffic laws.
Commenting on the record-breaking run, Helen Taylor said Tasmania’s challenging terrain made for an interesting drive that demonstrated the need for using good quality fuel and proven safe driving techniques.
“We kept our vehicle performing at its best by using Caltex Vortex Premium Diesel, a premium product that is designed to help clean the critical parts of the engine as we drove.
“This record-setting project will demonstrate that by driving safer and smarter and using good quality fuel it is possible for the everyday driver to save fuel, save money and reduce vehicle emissions,” she said.
The Taylors chose Jaguar’s all-new XF Prestige sedan, powered by JLR’s new Ingenium 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, for the record-setting drive. This engine, coupled to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, delivers 132 kilowatts of power and 430 Newton metres of torque while emitting just 111 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.