Mazda Cape To Cape Challenge Team

The Mazda6 continues to collect awards with its latest accolade for winning the gruelling 5,600 km Cape to Cape Challenge.

The Mazda Motors UK Ltd team completed the drive from one end of Europe to the other more than two hours ahead of their nearest rivals from Toyota.

The crew and car completed the non-stop drive from Nordkapp in Norway to Cape Tarifa, the southernmost tip of Spain in just 58 hours and 39 minutes*.

Motoring journalists Alyson Marlow and Iain Robertson together with rally driver/photographer Innes Marlow were the only crew to complete the drive in less than 60 hours and were delighted but tired at the end of the long haul event.

The Mazda6 was the perfect car for the job of coping with the wide diversity of European roads.

"Superb handling on the twisty Scandinavian mountain roads helped us set the pace and excellent economy through France and Germany minimised fuel stops," said Alyson.

"The rules stipulate that you have to remain within speed limits so the cruise control was invaluable in ensuring we maintained our momentum but never crept above the legal restrictions and the car was comfortable enough to grab some sleep between driving stints."

The crew were monitored by sophisticated data logging equipment from the start of the event in sub-zero temperatures on the northern part of Norway through to the searing 42 degree C heat in Spain.

"We started the event avoiding reindeer and moose in Scandinavia, moved south through Germany and Luxembourg then headed into France before the final 12 hours along the Spanish coast to Cape Tarifa," said Innes.

"The route has been fabulous," said Iain. "Nordkapp provided a stunning backdrop for the start, Sweden is so long we spent almost 24 hours on the same road and in Germany fast sections on the autobahn enabled us to increase our average speed and arrive at the finish ahead of everyone else."

The 2.3 litre Mazda6 averaged 68 mph on the run with fuel economy around 44 mpg and a range of more than 400 miles on each tank of petrol.

"We are delighted with this latest award for the Mazda6," said Jeremy Thomson, Marketing Director for Mazda Motors UK Ltd. "The car is perfect for long distance drives although we don’t expect too many of our buyers to give it quite such a rigorous test drive."

Published : 08/07/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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