John and Helen Taylor – also known as “the world’s most fuel efficient couple” have set a new world record for the longest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. The new record to beat is 1,626.1 miles.
The Taylor’s used a stock 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI powered by a 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The three day trip began in Houston, Texas on May 3 and ended in Sterling, Virginia on May 5.
Sometimes drivers looking to set mile per gallon records will strip down vehicles for a lighter ride – not the Taylors. To conduct the world record attempt under real world driving conditions, the Taylors put 120 lbs of luggage into the stock Passat and took turns driving during daylight hours for a maximum of 14 hours a day.
The Taylors beat the previous record of 1,526.6 miles by 99.5 miles. The previous record was set in Europe in a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel.
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI has a 43 mpg EPA rating on the window sticker; during the Taylor’s trip the couple averaged close to 84.1 mpg.