Panda smashes Cape-London time
PANDA SURVIVES OUT OF AFRICA TRIP: Let it be said that Fiat's Panda is a capable continent-crossing vehicle as Philip Young (left) and Paul Brace proved during their 16576km charity drive.
LONDON, England - Earlier in 2013 we reported on two intrepid explorers hoping to beat the world record for a non-stop road trip from Cape Town to London.
In February 2013 adventurers Philip Young and Paul Brace completed the gruelling run by the two very daring British drivers and one very reliable Fiat Panda.
Adventurers Philip Young and Paul Brace set off on the gruelling 16 576km trek to earn their place in the record books.
They arrived at Marble Arch in central London after 10 days 13hours and 28 minutes, breaking the previous record for the distance, in either direction, by more than a day. Remarkably, they did behind the wheel of a very reliable 0.9 TwinAir-engined Fiat Panda.
The pair raised funds for the charity Farm Africa and drove relentlessly through 13 countries and two continents.
To complete the trip the duo had to average 1609km a day at an average of 64km/h. The Panda was equipped with a few vital modifications, such as extra fuel tank, two spare wheels, sump guards, stronger springs and an air intake moved to the top of the engine bay.
The long and tortuous route to Britain included tough, unmade and pot-holed roads and treacherous dry desert tracks through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia before the pair crossed the Mediterranean for the final run up through Italy and France to London’s Hyde Park.
Young said: “It's been a remarkable time on the road – exciting and exhilarating – and the Fiat Panda was amazing. The roads were treacherous, the heat unbearable and the timetable exhausting, but the car never missed a beat.
"This was an extremely tough journey and Fiat can be proud of its reliability and ruggedness.”