2010 MPG Marathon to highlight how smarter driving reduces fuel consumption
The 2010 MPG Marathon is based at Ettington Chase, near Stratford on Avon. Drivers will cover a route totalling just less than 400 miles over a two-day period, including A-road, B-road and motorway sections.
The purpose of the MPG Marathon is to demonstrate to a wider audience the technology currently available through the major motor manufacturers and fleet suppliers, and to show how the use of smarter driving techniques can dramatically cut fuel consumption.
Cars compete in two sections simultaneously, the first for Best Outright Fuel Consumption in miles per gallon, which is as much a showcase for vehicle technology as it is for driver skill. The second section of the event is for the Best Percentage Improvement over published fuel consumption figures for the combined cycle. This prize acknowledges the fact that small superminis are not suited to all fleet purposes and hence, by a change of driving style rather than a change of vehicle, fleets can achieve tremendous savings in a very short period of time.
Commercial vehicles compete in separate weight classes according to GVW and there is also an overall prize for vans based on the percentage improvement over published fuel consumption figures. Commercial Vehicle drivers also compete for a Safe Driving Award, presented by TomTom WORK in association with RoadSafe's Driving for Better Business campaign. Each vehicle taking part in the MPG Marathon is fitted with a TomTom WORK tracking device, those fitted to the LCVs also having an accelerometer to measure harsh acceleration, cornering and braking. The winner of this award is the driver with the fewest recorded incidents over the two days.
Even if you are not registering a vehicle to take part, you can still apply to put your eco driving skills – or those of one of your drivers – to the test. To register your interest, go to www.mpgmarathon.com and fill in the driver entry form.