Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles like Tesla Motors’ Model S that was recently awarded 2012 Automobile of The Year, consume a lot of headline space in today’s news.
But a two-man team in England recently proved that the modern internal combustion engine is capable of achieving fuel miser numbers rivaling and even beating alternative-fuel/green car icons, like Toyota’s Prius.
Green-Car-Guide.com editor and founder, Paul Clarke, and his driving mate, Paul Andrews, recently squeezed out 103 mpg from the diesel engine-powered BMW 116d EfficientDynamics 5-door hatchback they entered in the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012.
The duo’s fuel-efficient driving efforts over the 64-mile route between Brighton and London netted them a win in the Internal Combustion Engine class. The route included many miles of uphill sections and busy London traffic according to a release from BMW UK.
“It is an incredible achievement for a BMW to achieve over 100 mpg on a busy Saturday morning drive from Brighton into central London. Hybrids and electric cars certainly have an important future, but it shows that people shouldn’t write off the internal combustion engine yet, as its efficiency is improving all the time,” said Clarke on Green-Car-Guide.com.
The team also claims to have managed “more than 90 mpg” during a 500-mile roundtrip from the BMW. Unfortunately for consumers in the U.S. the 116d EfficientDynamics currently isn’t available stateside.
The Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge event, sponsored by RAC Motoring Services, was first introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. It features competitors driving electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission conventional petrol and diesel cars on a route from Brighton to London, using the least amount of energy possible. The event is a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology. The Best Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) award was sponsored by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative.