The UK’s premier eco-driving event has proved that even a performance car can be parsimonious, with a 5.0-litre V8-engined Ford Mustang taking the most coveted prize in this year’s event.
The Mustang, driven by Andy Dawson and Andy Marriott, achieved an overall 36.6mpg against a manufacturer’s stated combined figure of 20.9mpg on the MPG Marathon, an astonishing 75.12% improvement. This is the highest percentage improvement figure ever seen on the event.
Meanwhile, the best overall MPG figure from a conventional internal combustion engine car was 88.87mpg, achieved by John Kerswill and Ian McKean in a Mazda2 1.6d Sports Nav, an improvement of 5.77mpg over the manufacturer’s claimed figure.
The highest overall figure was achieved by a pre-production Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, with 109.14mpg achieved over the 387-mile route. At the UK’s average fuel cost of £5.20 a gallon, this equates to just £14.63 worth of fuel to drive a route equivalent to the distance between London and Glasgow by road.