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2015 MPG Marathon gets underway

Now in its 15th year, the event is being sponsored for the first time by Barclaycard Fuel+ in association with TMC, and is being this year at the stunning Heythrop Park Hotel and the Heythrop Park Resort near Enstone in Oxfordshire. 

Car makers who have entered include BMW, Caterham, Ford, Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Honda, Mazda, Kia and Jaguar. 

Drivers currently putting their eco driving skills to the test include reigning champions, Fergal McGrath and James Warren, both Honda engineers, who will be fighting it out with the previous year’s winners, Nick Chapman and Rosemary Horner. 

Other drivers include Ben Wilson, this year’s ‘Patrol of the Year’ from sponsor, RAC, who will be participating in the Mercedes Vito van that he uses every day in the course of his patrol duties. Meanwhile five sets of company car drivers are going head-to-head in the same BMW diesels to see who can complete the 300-mile course in the most fuel-efficient manner – and win the new title.  

This year’s MPG Marathon, which is also being co-sponsored by ALD Automotive and TRACKER, allows competitors to find the most efficient route between set checkpoints for themselves, taking into consideration possible congestion hotspots, such as town centres.

Electric and hybrid vehicle classes are again included, and they join the more familiar diesel and petrol engined cars and vans that traditionally take part in the event.

There are eight main classes of passenger cars, restricted to a maximum carbon ceiling of 190g/km, including hybrid, range-extender and fully electric vehicles, plus five main classes of vans up to 3,500kg gross vehicle weight.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.