British drivers break record for Cape Town to London - in a Panda
By Bob Hume, 14th February 2013
The world record for driving non-stop from Cape Town to London has just been broken by two British men driving a Fiat Panda.
Philip Young and Paul Brace set off on the10,300-mile trek on 1 February to raise funds for the charity, Farm Africa. Their journey took them through 13 countries and two continents in a virtually standard Panda.
Arriving at London on the 11th of February with a time of 10 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes, they broke the previous record by more than a day.
In order to make their target of under 11 days, the pair had to average 1,000 miles a day at 40mph, a task they felt confident of completing in their 0.9-litre TwinAir-engined city car. The only modifications were an extra fuel tank, two spare wheels, sump guards, stronger springs and an air intake that had been moved to the top of the engine bay.
Philip commented: “The roads were treacherous, the heat unbearable and the timetable exhausting, but the car never missed a beat.”