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Mercedes E-Class crosses continents on one tank

Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid travels from Morocco to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK without refuelling. 

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is part all-British garden party, part motor show, and part hill-climb event for all manner of race and road cars. As the featured marque of the 2014 event, Mercedes-Benz wheeled out several of the brand’s F1, German DTM, and LeMans racers, but also used the opportunity to show off the super-frugal E300 Bluetec Hybrid road car. 

Rather than storming up the Goodwood hill-climb circuit, the high tech E-Class was driven to the UK event all the way from Tangier in Morocco, all on a single tank of fuel. 

With just 80-litres of diesel aboard, the E300 Bluetec Hybrid covered the 2129km in just 27 hours, and recorded an average fuel consumption of just 3.8L/100km. 

The British journalist tasked with driving duties adopted ‘a fuel-efficient driving style’ to sneak below the big Benz’s 4.1L/100km official combined figure.   

Despite such frugality, the E-Class hybrid can sprint to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds thanks to a 150kW/500Nm 2.1-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine combined with a 20kW electric motor. 

Priced from $109,400 in Australia, the E300 Bluetec Hybrid should also comfortably manage the 3935km between Sydney and Perth on just one stop – just in case you’re pondering the ideal steed for the journey.