A new Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec hybrid completed a 1335-km economy run between Newquay and Wick, in the UK, on less than a tank of fuel.The new model is powered by a 152kW/500 Nm four-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus auto. In standard form it can accelerate from rest to 0-100km in 7.5-seconds and can achieve a maximum speed of 241km/h. It is claimed to return 3.4 litres/100km while emitting 109 g/km of CO2.FUEL LEFT IN THE TANKThe first example of the car to arrive in the UK set out on an economy run across the island nation.Former rally driver Mick Linford drove the E 300 hybrid from the main runway at Newquay Cornwall Airport, the most southern active airport in Britain, where it achieved a top speed of 218km/h. Linford then embarked on the 1335-km journey to its northern counterpart Wick Airport in Scotland. Over the course of the two-day journey Linford encountered real-world driving conditions, including heavy traffic, diversions and challenging weather.The entire trip was completed out on a single tank of fuel, of which a quarter remained on its arrival in Wick. Had the car carried on driving it would have achieved a theoretical range in excess of 1770km, Mercedes-Benz UK said.