The inaugural WesBank South African Fuel Economy Tour in partnership with FNB, got off to a flying start today (Tuesday, November 12) with none of the 40 participating vehicles being penalised for late arrival at control points, all while recording very competitive fuel consumption figures.
Great start to SA Fuel Economy Tour – Photos Day 1 – Part 1
November 13, 2019
Day 2 wet
Photos Day 2 – Part 2
November 14, 2019

Big Change in Fuel Economy – Photos Day 2 – Part 1


Day 2 Hyundai Tuscon

This Hyundai Tucson is crewed on the Fuel Economy Tour by visiting Ugandans Joseph Waiswa and Jared Kalera.

There was a big change in fuel economy figures yesterday (Wednesday, November 13) as competitors in the inaugural WesBank SA Fuel Economy Tour in partnership with FNB, tackled vastly different road and traffic conditions as they drove from Durban to East London.

The first day’s route, from the start in Johannesburg to the Durban beachfront, was mainly on highways and generally downhill, with several sections of road works in the vicinity of the Van Reenen’s Pass. By contrast, the second day of the five-day tour had no roadworks but took the vehicles inland to towns such as Kokstad, Mthatha and Butterworth where there were twisty, hilly roads, mainly single lanes in each direction, with fairly heavy traffic encountered as they passed through the various towns.

This required good planning to build up time where possible to ensure one was not late to arrive at the control points. Yesterday six of the 40 vehicles were penalised for late arrival at controls – despite the extra five-minute leeway given by the organisers to deal with heavy traffic. None of the vehicles were penalised for lateness on the previous day.

Day 2 wet

This Renault Captur was not only leading its class, but also had the lowest fuel consumption figure – 4.6730 l/100km – at the end of the second day of the Fuel Economy Tour.

“The second day of the 2 500 km route was always going to be the toughest and it also served to increase fuel consumption,” explained Chief Organiser Charl Wilken.

“On the first day there were 18 vehicles that recorded fuel consumption figures better than 5l/100km. Today there were only five. Combined results for the first two days – without the addition of penalties for lateness – varied from 4.6730 l/100km to 8.1076 l/100km.”

Besides the tight battles in the various classes, there is also a titanic struggle for the coveted award as the most fuel-efficient brand, with Suzuki yesterday edging out first day leader Renault at the top of the table. These two are now followed by Mahindra, Nissan, and Ford after the order for 3rd, 4th and 5th places at the end of Day 1 had been Ford, Hyundai, and Nissan. These results are computed using the average fuel consumption of the three best-performing models from each brand.

Class leaders at the end of Day 2 were: Suzuki (6), Hyundai (3), Ford (2), Renault (2), Toyota (2), Honda and Lexus (1 each).

The third day of this event takes competitors from East London to Port Elizabeth on 14 November, with the fourth leg going on to George and then the final leg, on Saturday, 16 November, taking competitors to the finish in Cape Town.

Day 2 Press Release and Files

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On behalf of the WesBank SA Fuel Economy Tour in partnership with FNB