Gaadi.com attempts to break Limca Book Record and AutoCar record for mileage
It all started with an idea of rising prices of fuel. With the escalating prices, the engines of modern car are also getting better with each passing day. We decided to see how efficient a modern engine, which is built with state-of-the-art technology and extremely good engineering can be by doing this attempt on a rare title. Limca Book of Records has been one of the best compilation of few isolated talent depicting their skills to do something different from the crowd.
We are using the brilliant piece of engineering from Renault to try to break the record set by AutoCar India; 33.4 km/l average done while covering the Bangalore-Mumbai route in 24hours 20mins. We will try to break the records and that too in lesser time. The second attempt would be to break current Limca Book Record for mileage which is 248% above the company claimed mileage. Keep checking for the live updates and pictures right here.
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Maj Mrigank Mehrotra, Army officer, Gazetted Officer.
Mr. Sharanayya Kalmath, DGM of Shri Ram AutoMall India Ltd. Automobile engineer with an experience of over 18 years.
Mr. Meghan Naik, Senior Correspondent, Gaadi.com, will document the event with videos, photos and live updates.
Mr. Bunny Punia, Editor-in-cheif, Gaadi.com, will drive the vehicle and will attempt the record.
The start which was scheduled to happen at 8 AM has now been delayed due to traffic leading to the highway.
The fuel has been filled to the brim making sure there are no air bubble trapped in the tank. The tank has been sealed by Mr. Mrigank and the run started at 9:10 am.
The sealed tank
First Update: 11:32 AM IST
The car has completed 100 km (as per GPS) since the start in the morning and has crossed Tumkur. The brilliant engine from Renault is running smooth. Our team, especially Bunny and Meghan are enjoying the weather with the Air Conditioning system switched off to save more fuel. The elevation of the car is 2666 feet as per GPS device and the average speed at the moment is 45.9 km/hour. The car is returning a staggering fuel economy of 41.4 km/l. As of now, it seems the record of AutoCar would not be something to worry about. The car is doing good and the next update would come in next 100 km, that will be after two hours.
The AC of the Scala is switched off!
The brilliant efficiency of Scala is returning 41.4 km/l at the moment
Second Update: 1:29 PM IST
So the team has crossed another 100 km and the total reading on GPS is 200 km. The car is between Hiriyur and Chitradurga and the outside temperature is 29 degree C. The altitude is 2252 feet which has come down since our last update. The average speed stands at 46.5 km/h and total moving time now stands at 4hours 17minutes.
Third Update: 3:30 pm IST
It comes as rather interesting fact that the fuel tank is indicating that it is full. The Renault Scala has done 300 km till now. The average speed has gone up to reach 46.8 km/h and the fuel efficiency stands tall a6 41.3 km/l. The Scala is doing some great job. More interesting updates coming soon as the sun is going down very quickly and the night drive will be difficult for us!
Team Gaadi is now 509km from Pune!
Fourth Update: 5:36 pm IST
The car is now 30 km from Hubli and the total distance done is 400km since the start. The Renault Scala average speed has increased to 47 km/h and average fuel consumption has now decreased to 40.1 km/l. The team has been driving non-stop since morning which now is extended to almost 9hours. Keep following for more updates!
It has been 9 hours 40 mins since the Team Gaadi started driving! Now, the team has taken its first break after the run! Are you following us on Twitter? Use #ScalaMileageRun to get the latest updates
The team has been driving on open roads with an average speed of 47km/h!
Fifth Update: 8:04 PM IST
Team Gaadi have reached half the distance! As per GPS, the total distance traveled is 500 km while the odo meter says the total distance is 490.8 km. The average fuel efficiency has been reduced to 39.7 km/l and overall average speed has also been reduced to 45.9 km/h. The outside temperature is pleasant 23c and the altitude is 2180 feet, as per GPS device. The driving time since start now stands at staggering 10hour 35mins and the car stopped 18m05 seconds. Current location of the car is Belgaum.
Sixth Update: 600 km done 10:20 PM IST
After 12 hours of driving with only single break, the team Gaadi is 8 km away from Kolhapur. The outside temperature is 21c and the fuel efficiency indicator of the Renault Scala is showing an average of 39.3 km/l. The Renault Scala is maintaining a good average speed of 46.3 km/h and currently the roads are very bumpy but the brilliant suspension of the Renault Scala has been taking them all without much effort.
The amazing Scala just keeps on going! The average fuel efficiency displayed on the Scala dashboard is a staggering 39.3km/l
Team Gaadi has stopped for a quick dinner at McDonald’s at Kolhapur! Dinner too late? Well, a long night to go.
Seventh Update: 738 km done 1:29 AM IST
Red Bull helps team Gaadi continue their drive through the night. The team crossed through the Katara and and are 40km before Karad at 12:23 am. The GPS shows 700 km in total with the odo reading now showing 686.7 km done.
Eight Update: 800 km done 2:30 AM IST
The brief dinner has given the team enough energy to continue their journey. Despite the inclines and altitudes varying slightly over the last 100 kilometers the Scala still manages to deliver a scorching fuel efficiency of 38.6 kmpl. The team has been driving for over 16 hours and 40 minutes and are focused and determined to break the current record by a good margin! In the middle of darkness, the powerful headlamps of the Scala are a big savior. While there is no street lights around, the Scala has not been hampered by anything that came in between.
In the middle of the night, the Renault Scala is gooing through empty stretches! The console now shows the fuel economy has dropped to 38.6 km/l.
Team Gaadi has crossed Katraj Tunnel sometime back!
Team Gaadi has reached Pune Bypass! The Scala is still going strong and looks all ready to break the previous records for mileage
The team Gaadi has touched Lonavala and soon the team will attempt to break the current Limca Book of Records entry!
With a total distance of 984.59 km, the Team Gaadi has completed the first run of the record! The total driving time has turned out to be 20 hours 41mins. The elevation came down to a low 31 feet and average speed maintained is 46.2km/h. The Car has reached Navi Mumbai and soon, the team will attempt to break the Limca Book of Records entry! We will soon come back with the latest figures and how it turned out to be with more pictures live from the center of action!
Although Scala has internally built fuel efficiency calculator, we will measure the efficiency by putting in fuel and measuring how much fuel does the car takes and then using that figure to calculate the efficiency!
Even though Team Gaadi has achieved better mileage than AutoCar India’s record and that too in less time. Our total time for the record run stands to be 21 hours and 17 mins which is 3 hours 3mins quicker than what AutoCar had achieved. The officials Mr. Mrigank Mehrotra and Mr. Sharanayya Kalmath will break the seal and fill the tank again to calculate the accurate figure of efficiency and the results will be out in 2hours at maximum. We will also attempt the Limca Book of Records today and the updates for the same will be updated right here!
Final Report of first record
After continuous driving for 21hours 16mins, the officials; Maj Mrigank Mehrotra, Army Officer, Gazetted Officer and Mr. Sharanayya Kalmath, DGM of Shri Ram AutoMall India Ltd. Automobile engineer with an experience of over 18 years have filled the tank to brim again. After 984.59 km of total distance driven, only 24.65 liter of fuel could go in. The efficiency turned out to be 39.94 km/l. The total driving time is 3hours 3mins less than what AutoCar achieved in their record. That makes the Renault Scala quicker and more efficient than any other car as of now.
The fuel filled up to the brim of the Renault Scala ready for the run!
The next record which will an attempt to break the current Limca Book of Records for efficiency will also be done today and will be updated live right here in this space! Keep following us to know more.
The Limca Book of Record attempt!
The Team Gaadi are starting their attempt to break the current Limca Record for fuel efficiency. The run would start from Lonavala and will end in Navi Mumbai.
The fuel is being carefully measured and put in the tank of Scala to get accurate mileage of the vehicle.
The fuel tank is being filled up to the brim of the Scala before the start of second run
The Renault Scala has started its run! The average fuel efficiency right is above 60, our target is 55km/l. Stay close for the updates.
Update on the Limca Book of Records run
Team Gaadi, who started with a high note getting a great mileage soon after the start of the attempt to break the Limca Record today got stuck in long jam on the Mumbai-Pune expressway due to an accident. The traffic jam hampered the attempt badly and the fuel efficiency which we targeted to be 55km/l came down to low 46.5 km/l. However, the record breaking run would be attempted tomorrow again. The updates will start flowing tomorrow morning again. Keep following us on Facebook.com/Gaadi, Twitter.com/Gaadi to get the live updates.
Update: 8th August 2013
After a failed attempt on the Limca record yesterday, Team Gaadi attempted the record again in the morning today. Under the watchful eyes of out officials; Maj Mrigank Mehrotra,Army Officer, Gazetted Officer, Mr. Sharanayya Kalmath, DGM of Shri Ram AutoMall India Ltd. Automobile engineer with an experience of over 18 years, Team Gaadi have achieved a phenomenal mileage of 54.15 km/l. The distance we covered according the GPS we were using is 62.28 km and the fuel used during the distance is only 1.15 liter. Limca calculates the record by measuring how much more mileage the car was able to get than the claimed mileage by the manufacturer. In our case, Renault claims that Scala has an average of 21.64km/l, we managed to get a total of 54.15 km/l which is 250.26% higher than the claimed fuel efficiency. The previous record was set at 245.38%. We will submit all the required documents to the Limca Book of Records officials which should be certified by them shortly!