Hybrid car goes 26,000 miles on one gallon of fuel

An electric and solar car has set a new Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency. A team of students called TUfast from the Technical University of Munich built the catchily […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An electric and solar car has set a new Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency.

A team of students called TUfast from the Technical University of Munich built the catchily named “eLi14”, which managed to drive 26,135 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

The aerodynamic vehicle weighs less than 70 pounds and is made from a plastic and carbon fibre composite.

Philipp Wurdak, Technical Project Manager of the team said: “Basically, you have to consider three areas when designing a car like this. The car must be as streamlined as possible, have an optimally efficient engine and have a very low rolling resistance.”

Lisa Kugler, the driver of the car’s prototype said the vehicle greatly surpassed expectations.

“This is our best value we have ever had. This is crazy. This is far beyond what we had hoped for. The car [had a] really good run,” she said.