A standard, British-registered, Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has traveled from Africa to the UK non-stop on one tank of fuel

A standard, British-registered, Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has traveled from Africa to the UK non-stop on one tank of fuel.

British journalist Andrew Frankel was behind the wheel during the adventure, averaging a 3.1 l/100 km (73.6 mpg) fuel consumption. The journey started from Tangier in Northern Africa and took him to the UK, traveling through two continents, four countries and three time zones in a total time of 27 hours. Frankel arrived at Goodwood just in time for his appearance at the Festival of Speed, having covered a total of 1,968 km (1,223 miles).

During the course of the journey, the journalists encountered "heavy rain, intense heat, rush hour traffic jams and dramatic elevation changes". The car, fitted with an optional larger 80-litre fuel tank which costs an extra 125 EUR (£100) in the UK, was virtually standard – powered by a 204 PS (150 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) diesel engine and a 27 PS (20 kW) electric motor. Working together, these two units allow the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.5 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 241 km/h (150 mph).

This E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID can be seen in action throughout the weekend as a part of the "First Glance" paddock. The model is available in the UK as a sedan or a station wagon with prices starting from 49,800 EUR (£39,880).

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