The unofficial world petrol economy record has been almost doubled to 845 miles per gallon (about 300 kms per litre) by a driver in Cheshire, U.
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Background: The unofficial world petrol economy record has been almost doubled to 845 miles per gallon (about 300 kms per litre) by a driver in Cheshire, U.K.
The record was broken by British Shell Research centre employee, Brian Beattie, on an ultra-lightweight "sidecar" powered by a second-hand 50cc Honda engine.
Ordinary petrol was used in the unmodified motor. The vehicle was constructed from pedal cycle components with a sidecar frame attached. But the method of driving was far from ordinary. Beattie drove the vehicle in a horizontal position to gain the big economy figures.
He was the lightest of the four-man team responsible for the vehicle's construction. It all started as an inter-departmental competition.
Coasting was allowed during the economy test and it was estimated that had the driver been in a vertical position, it would have cost about 200 miles per gallon (about 70 kms per litre) in extra fuel consumption.