A team from Auto Bild India Magazine, the car magazine of the India Today Group , set a new record for navigating the Golden Quadrilateral highway network. Three teams of two journalists from the magazine, led by editor Yogendra Pratap and road test editor, Vikrant Singh drove a new, unmodified Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI PD L&K for over 5941km, non-stop.
The drive was flagged off from the sprawling Hotel Trident, Gurgaon at 0318hrs on the 6th of June by Ashutosh Dixit, SkodaAuto India GM Sales & Network Development, and Vipul Hoon, representing the India Today Group. The car passed through Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Vishakapatnam, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur before finishing in Gurgaon, again at the Trident Hotel.
The New Skoda Laura is recognized for its new engine technology, excellent safety and comfort features and benchmark performance. Perfect handling, directional stability and enhanced braking ability have always been the hallmark of every Skoda automobile and are mirrored in the new Laura as well. Soaring high on the design, safety, security, comfort, and convenience aspects, the New Laura accelerates on the same track assuring the driver a perfect 10/10 driving experience.
This drive was certified by the FMSCI (Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India) and the partners participating in this exciting journey were Shell (Oil & Lubricants), Map my India (Navigation) and Trident Hotels (Hospitality).
The Shell Helix Ultra engine oil lived up to its reputation with the engine of the car started at the flag-off and switched-off only at the flag-in after 75 hours and 32 minutes, giving no problems throughout the trip. Driving the car were 6 members of the editorial team of AUTO BILD INDIA, namely Yogendra Pratap, Aninda Sardar, Vikrant Singh, Abhishek Saksena, Rahul Ghosh & Siddhraj Singh.
The drive broke the existing national record of driving the Golden Quadrilateral set in a Toyota Corolla which stood at 87 hours and 50 minutes. Observers from FMSCI, the official motorsport body of India and affiliated to the FIA, were in the car at all times to monitor times, fuel and route. A high frequency GPS tracking system from MapMyIndia was also employed in the car that mapped the journey, while another MapMyIndia touch screen based GPS navigation system ensured the drivers stayed on the correct route.
The drive also set the record for the most fuel efficient drive around the Golden Quadrilateral consuming a total of 586.46 litres of fuel. This gave an average of 10.26kms per litre at an average speed of 78.65kms. Yogendra Pratap said at the finish, “Not only were we able to do it in record time, but economically as well.” That is less than Rs 6,500 for a person to visit cities as far apart on the Golden Quadrilateral as Balasore in Orissa and Udaipur in Rajasthan.
Auto Bild India’s aim was to illustrate how good road infrastructure can transform and shrink the country and bring people across corners of the country much closer besides being essential to the progress and prosperity of the country.
“That we were able connect all the major metros of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune in less than 76 hours proves that good road infrastructure and a modern reliable car can really transform the face of road travel in the country.”, said Yogendra.
Speaking at the occasion, Thomas Kuehl, Board Member, Sales & Marketing, Ã…Â kodaAuto India said, “We are very happy today as we set a new standard of excellence and endurance with the New Laura that has demonstrated incredible capabilities during this drive in terms of performance, safety, efficiency and reliability. Ã…Â kodaAuto India has achieved tremendous success since its inception in India and we are looking forward to achieving many more such milestones.”