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V8-powered Ford Mustang champions 2016 MPG Marathon

Monday 24 October 2016, By Autovolo

V8-powered Ford Mustang champions 2016 MPG Marathon

V8-powered Ford Mustang champions 2016 MPG Marathon

A 5.0-litre, V8 Mustang was crowned champion at this year’s MPG Marathon event, after it returned a 36.6mpg – a 75 per cent gain over its claimed economy figure of 20.9mpg.

A total of 16 cars competed in the the Marathon, which is run by Fleet World and leasing company ALD Automotive. There were also five vans and one motorcycle, yet the Mustang managed to post the highest percentage improvement of all the participants.

The Honda CR-V took second place, managing a 13 per cent improvement on its official fuel consumption figure of 55.4mpg.

The highest economy figure was posted by the Mazda2 hatchback, which achieved 91.37mpg.

The Mustang was driven by Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott, who have managed impressive results in previous MPG Marathons. They were once able to return 108.8mpg in a diesel-engined Ford Fiesta in 2012.

The Mustang’s victory was a record-breaking achievement, beating the previous best percentage improvement of 58.2 per cent, which was achieved by a Ford Fiesta ST.

Dawson and Marriott said of their win: “The Mustang was perfect for the MPG Marathon due to brilliant steering, handling and roadholding. We were able to let the ‘Stang follow the road, with minimal brake use or wasted energy.”

MPG Marathon organiser Jerry Ramsdale said: “The achievement of the crew in the Ford Mustang was astonishing – our highest improvement ever in the history of the event – and it shows that even the most potent performance cars can be relatively economical if driven sensibly.”