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by Matt Brogan

The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic and Falcon XR6 taking part in the Global Green Challenge are achieving better than expected fuel economy figures.

There was a change in regulations at the end of day one (Alice Springs) requiring the results to be recalculated across the board. This caused a hold to the official day three fuel economy results until half way through day four.

By day two the Fiesta ECOnetic continued to be the most fuel efficient car in Australia, it’s fuel economy figures were 3.19L/100km on day one and 3.13L/100km on day two. This is a big improvement over official ADR fuel economy figures of 3.7L/100km.

The Falcon XR6 achieved 7.09L per 100km on the second day, almost a 40 per cent improvement over its official ADR fuel economy figure of 11.7L per 100km.

The teams have battled 40-degree temperatures, dust storms and long stretches of road without a single bend.

Day four is a nine hour drive from Alice Springs to Cooper Pedy covering around 685kms, this is the longest distance of the whole Challenge.

With: Ford Australia




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