A Ford Focus powered by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has covered more than 1,600 km (1,000 miles) on a single tank of fuel, with the benchmark claimed by eco-drivers Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink.
The Norwegian duo drove a standard 125 hp Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 1,619 km (1,006 miles) through Norway, Finland and Sweden – and say their average fuel consumption of 3.3 l/100 km (85 mpg) also sets a new benchmark.
“These two have really pushed the limits to show what this little 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is capable of and set an incredible new benchmark,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “This underlines the impact Ford’s EcoBoost technology can have on the everyday lives of our customers.”
“We had to use our brakes when there were reindeer in the road but for the most part we drove as fuel efficiently as we possibly could,” Wilthil said. “This fantastic 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was the main reason we chose the Focus and it has proved itself a world-beater.”
Starting 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the Arctic Circle in Kautokein in Norway, Wilthil and Borchgrevink drove 28 hours over two days before finally running out of fuel in Oslo, Norway. The eco-drivers maximised fuel efficiency by driving at around 60 km/h (38 mph) and avoided braking where possible, or using the aircon – though temperatures on the journey ranged from 22 C to just above freezing. The Norwegian police oversaw the drive.