AKRON (Aug. 19, 2009) — Australian drivers Helen and John Taylor recently broke the “48 Contiguous U.S. States Fuel Economy” Guinness World Record, driving a car fitted with Goodyear's Assurance Fuel Max tires.
The couple previously set the record in 2008 at 58.82 miles per gallon, driving 9,419 miles in a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI powered with Shell ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Their new record, which was set using the same car, fuel and driving route, stands at an average of 67.9 mpg.
According to Goodyear, the pair began their trip July 28 in Sterling, Va., and traveled in a counter-clockwise route that included 14 official check-in and refueling stops across the country. They crossed the finish line at a Virginia Tire & Auto retail outlet in Ashburn, Va.