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Audi and RAC team up for fuel efficiency world record attempt

The #RecordRoadTrip – which is announced as Honda reveals its own record-breaking attempt – will see the RAC and Audi join forces and will begin in Maastricht in the Netherlands on Tuesday 9 June with motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson taking turns at the wheel of an Audi A6 ultra.

Driving almost continuously, the pair will make their way on a route from the Netherlands through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany and Italy towards the Balkans, as planned by the RAC. The attempt will need to be started in mainland Europe as ferry or rail Channel crossings are not allowed.

The Audi A6 ultra was chosen for its fuel economy combined with a large 73-litre tank. The car has not been modified in any way other than being fitted with fuel-efficient, low rolling resistance tyres.

RAC #RecordRoadTrip coordinator Simon Williams said: “We’re confident the combination of two skilled drivers, a highly fuel efficient Audi A6 ultra and a route that takes in the most possible countries in the least fuel-taxing way will lead to a hard-to-beat record that covers at least 10 countries, hopefully more.

“The Audi A6 ultra can do 67.3 miles to the gallon so we are looking at one tank of diesel taking Andrew and Rebecca over 1,000 miles, but driving a route of this length is never going to be straightforward and there will no doubt be many challenges along the way.”

Follow Andrew and Rebecca’s progress in the RAC Audi #RecordRoadTrip at: www.recordroadtrip.com or via Twitter: @recordroadtrip #recordroadtrip

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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.