1223 miles from Africa to the UK on a tank of fuel.


 British journalist Andrew Frankel was behind the challenge. He averaged 73.6 mpg (3.1 l/100 km) with the journey taking him from Tangier in Northern Africa to the UK, via two continents, four countries and three time zones in a total time of 27 hours on the road - shared with a relief driver - arriving at Goodwood in time for its appearance at the Festival of Speed. 
Having covered a total of 1,223-miles (1,968 km), the original intention was simply to see if it were possible to get to the UK without refuelling, but on arriving at Goodwood late last night the fuel gauge was yet to register empty, the car still estimating an available range of 100-miles (160 km) - equating to a total range potential of 1,323-miles (2,129 km).

During the course of the journey Andrew encountered heavy rain, intense heat, rush hour traffic jams and dramatic elevation changes - providing a real challenge to the aim of travelling from Africa to the UK without the need to fill up. 
 The car, fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank (a £100 option), is described as 'scrupulously standard'. Despite the focus on economy, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which emits just 109g/km of CO2, still offers a 0-62mph time of 7.5-seconds from its 204 hp diesel engine and 27 hp electric motor. 

Maximum speed for the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID stands at 150 mph. It's equipped with COMAND, automatic climate control, DAB and leather upholstery with heated front seats as standard. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID will be on display as part of the 'First Glance' paddock at Goodwood. It's on sale now, in Saloon or an Estate variant, with prices starting at £39,880 OTR.


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