We entered our powerful Ford Mustang with a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine into a fuel-efficiency competition… and we won!
In fact, the Mustang smashed the UK MPG Marathon record for the biggest improvement over the car’s official fuel-efficiency figures – beating them by a whopping 75 per cent.
The Mustang’s drivers, Andrew Marriott and Andy Dawson, achieved an average 36.6 mpg (7.7 l/100 km) over a 430-mile (692 km) real-world course, shattering the previous 58.2 per cent improvement record that was set by Formula Ford drivers at the wheel of a Fiesta ST in 2014.
“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,” the drivers 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,” MPG Marathon organiser Jerry Ramsdale said.
The Ford Mustang is also available with an even more fuel efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.