Canada to Mexico on One Tank of Fuel

Talk about hypermiling (you know, that way of driving which allows you not to burn fuel like crazy)... An American entrepreneur with lots of spare time at his disposal and the willingness to prove a point completed this week a 1,400-mile trip from where Canada ends to where Mexico begins on a single tank of fuel.

Now, the car he used is not the regular vehicle you find at your local Chevy dealer, but a custom-built vehicle called Avion (in some languages, that means “airplane,” coincidentally). The Avion, a lightweight... sportscar (powered by a 800 cc diesel engine, just so you know), managed to complete the trip with an average of 119.1 mpg (1.97l/100 km). Or , if you like, it did the whole North to South trip with only 12.4 gallons of fuel.

The man who built and drove the car, Craig Henderson, managed to beat two of his previous records, set in the same car, several times, since 1986. What made the difference this time was the use of new technologies, including Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires.

With their 27 percent improvement in rolling resistance, or 4 percent better fuel economy than in previous versions of the tires, smashing the old record was a child's play.

"The Avion has achieved 113 miles per gallon at 55-60 miles per hour in testing. For this journey, we averaged around 55 miles per hour and contended with regular traffic volumes,"
Henderson said after achieving the task.

"The Goodyear Fuel Max tires help provide the fuel savings we wanted, and with the confidence of knowing we will have excellent wet and dry traction."
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