PTA-Durban (and back) on one tank?
1242KM RETURN TRIP ON A SINGLE TANK: Jaguar's frugal XF will be hard pressed to cover the 1242km on July 1 from Pretoria to Durban.
Cape Town - How far could you drive on a single tank of fuel? Jaguar will attempt an economy run in South Africa in order to highlight the efficiency of its XF range.
The British automaker will perform a 1 242km return trip from the Union Buildings in Pretoria to the Durban Beachfront on a single tank of diesel.
Seasoned economy run expert Roger Rouessart will be driving a XF 2.2 diesel under the watchful eye of Motorsport SA’s Richard Carstens.
TAKING ITS TOLL
Part of the challenge will require drivers to pass through the N3’s multiple toll gates.
David Barns, Jaguar brand manager and organiser of the attempt, said: “This will be a real test for the Jaguar XF and the drivers in that it is a realistic trip.
“We’ll be making it even more relevant by running a second XF with an ‘ordinary’ driver behind the wheel to see just how much of a difference driving technique can make.”
The “ordinary driver” behind the wheel of the second XF will be Ignition TV presenter Marius Roberts. The motoring channel will document the two Jaguars’ efforts and broadcast the event in July 2012.
Jaguar’s XF 2.2 diesel engine is capable of 140kW and 450Nm which enables the sedan to rocket from 0-100km/h in 8.5-seconds with a top speed of 225km/h. The vehicle has a claimed fuel consumption of 5-litres/100km which should theoretically allow a cruising range of 1 280km
The team will depart the Union Buildings on Sunday 1 July at 09:00, stopping at the Caltex garage in Harrismith, before arriving in Durban for an overnight rest and the return trip on Monday 2 July.
Follow the team’s exploits and progress on Facebook or Twitter!