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Eco-car fails to beat fuel record
car, Claudia Woon
Claudia Woon drove the car for efficient fuel record attempt
A Scottish-built eco-friendly car has failed to set a new world record for fuel consumption at an event in Aberdeenshire.

The BOC GH2OST, which runs in almost complete silence, attempted to beat the current best of 10,705 miles per gallon.

The revolutionary car instead notched up the equivalent of 1,200 miles on just one gallon which hailed as doing "extraordinarily well for a first attempt".

The vehicle was taking part in an eco-marathon at Alford, Aberdeenshire.

The event encourages teams to design and build a vehicle that will attempt to extend the range of combustion engine powered vehicles.

The competition winner in each class was the vehicle that achieved the greatest distance on a set amount of fuel.

The European circuit includes France, Scotland, Finland, Sweden, England and Belgium. Similar events take place in the US, Japan and Australia.

The vehicle was built as a test platform for future hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles.

For a first attempt the car did extraordinarily well and is something that could be developed for the future.
Mike Ward
Under the rules of the marathon the team could not enter the petrol class but were asked by the event's organisers to demonstrate the vehicle and to try and break the world record.

The team sponsored by BOC and Shell hope that the organisers of the marathon will further expand the hydrogen class, introduced this year, to include a fuel-cell class for next year's event.

The lightweight vehicle weighed around 100kg with the driver onboard, and had a top speed of around 18mph.

It was powered by a direct drive motor and fuel cell generator.

The vehicle will be displayed at this autumn's Grove Fuel Cell Symposium in London before going on permanent display at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.

Mike Ward, museum curator, who helped organise the event, said: "For a first attempt the car did extraordinarily well and is something that could be developed for the future."

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