Production Peugeot 208 diesel sets long distance recordPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 05 May 2015
A 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S PEUGEOT 208 has set a new long-distance fuel consumption record.
Under the supervision of the UTAC (Technical Union for the Automobile, Motorcycle and Cycle Industries) 2,152 kilometres were covered on 43 litres of diesel, with an average fuel economy of 2.0 l/100km.
This performance was achieved at the end of April on the Peugeot test circuit at Belchamp in France, supervised by the French Type Approval Authority, UTAC.
A standard production Peugeot 208, with the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S engine and 5-speed manual gearbox, ran for 38 hour; several drivers were used to arrive at this result, each taking a turn of 3 to 4 hours at the wheel during the scrutinised test.
The Peugeot 208 tested was a ‘Very Low Fuel Consumption’ version, with an official Combined Drive Cycle fuel consumption figure 3.0 l/100 km and low CO2 emissions of 79 g/km.
This version is characterised by the presence of an aerodynamic rear spoiler and the adoption of ultra-low rolling resistance Michelin Energy Saver+ tires.