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Old 24-02-2013   #46
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Re: Crossing Africa in a Panda Twin-Air...

We didnt keep figures. The conditions varied too much. But its a good question. Given we had a nicely sealed engine from the very careful running in process (why we didnt use any oil, at all), see above earlier threads on the technical-chapter, we were going well with the fuel consumption.
The engine as "happy" at 3,200 revs and it gave us around 70 mph which it was doing hour after hour most of the time.
I will get a consumption test organised and report back on here next weekend, or so, at the moment the car is back at Tony Fowkes Autos having a wing mirror repaired and the tracking sorted.

We got over 60 mpg out of it when in Ethiopia, the highlands were indeed hilly but we crossed the country on one tank full, dipping the clutch, flicking into neutral on the downhill bits, but of course having to go up hill under power, but this is where we pushed the ECO button, cutting the use of the turbo.

The car was great. Nothing rattled lose, nothing fell off, nothing broke, cant speak too highly of it - it coped with dreadful conditions and apart from borders and the ferry stops, was running the whole time. To do 1,000 miles a day requires a reliable and comfortable car, it was great.

TWO pages in the current issue of Autocar. Five pages in the latest issue of Octane magazine, out on the shelves now. Bag a copy and show the dealer. The Ashford dealership knew nothing of the run....how odd is that!
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At last, it's made it to the UK fiat panda home page.
Albeit the 4x4 panda home page

http://www.fiat.co.uk/panda-4x4
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Fiat's Marketing Dept. tell me they have spotted this and are going to correct it ....keep an eye out!
The Record Breaking car is going to them and will be going around the country on display in Fiat showrooms, and a special poster and commemorative booklet are on the the cards.
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I hope the tour will include Yorkshire, this is one special little Panda
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This is the press release that was issued a few days ago..


Record-Breaking Panda returns to Fiat HQ
The Fiat Panda which broke the outright world record for driving non-stop from Cape Town to London has been given to Fiat UK for use in future events and museum exhibitions.

Philip Young, the adventurer who, with co-driver Paul Brace, drove the 10,000-mile journey in a record-breaking 10 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes, has handed the Panda to Fiat UK. In return, He has been given a new Fiat Panda Trekking to use on his round of speaking engagements and public appearances.

"The Panda that Philip drove to the world record will always be a famous car now, and we are delighted to have it," says Rob Lake, senior product manager, Fiat Group Automobiles UK. "We have plans to display it at a number of events and we have even been talking to some car museums."

To complete the trip in their target of under 11 days, Philip and Paul had to average 1,000 miles a day at 40mph, a task they felt confident of completing in the 0.9-litre TwinAir-engined city car. The hatchback was showroom specification apart from a few vital modifications, such as extra fuel tank, sump guards, stronger springs and shock absorbers, and an air intake moved to the top of the engine bay.

The route to Britain wound through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia before the pair crossed the Mediterranean for the final run up through Italy and France to London's Hyde Park.
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Racking my brain trying to think what I can do in my Panda's to get a free one off Fiat
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Quote Originally Posted by cheekylittlescamp View Post
Racking my brain trying to think what I can do in my Panda's to get a free one off Fiat
I know, get to London from Cape Town in 10 days, 13 hours and 27 minutes
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