A standard, British-registered Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has driven from Africa to the UK non-stop on one tank of fuel.
Averaging 73.6 mpg (3.8 l/100 km), the journey took the car from Tangier in Northern Africa to the UK, visiting two continents, four countries and three time zones in a total time of 27 hours on the road.
The car arrived at Goodwood in time for its appearance at the Festival of Speed having covered a total of 1,223-miles (1,968 km) and the fuel gauge was yet to register empty, the car estimating an available range of 100 miles (160 km) – equating to a range of 1,323 miles (2,129 km).
The car was standard apart from the fitment of an 80-litre fuel tank (a popular £100 option). The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID emits just 109g/km of CO2 yet its 204 hp diesel engine and 27 hp electric motor combine to allow it to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds, and it has a maximum speed of 150 mph. It’s equipped with COMAND, automatic climate control, DAB and leather upholstery with heated front seats as standard.
Journalist Andrew Frankel was the main driver of the car. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is available as a Saloon or an Estate with prices starting from £39,880.