FOUR teams of Irish motoring Journalists took each other on in the name of charity recently, as well as showing the power of petrol.
Skoda Ireland set 15 journalists, divided into four teams, the task of getting the best possible fuel consumption from Skoda’s range of petrol models.
Commenting on the thinking behind the challenge, Raymond Leddy, Skoda Ireland’s head of marketing, said: “The modern petrol engine is more economical and more frugal than ever before, and with prices for some of our petrol engine models costing – in some cases – thousands less than their diesel equivalents, it is worth noting that it can take up to 10 years of ownership to claw back the difference in price.
“We wanted to show that petrol-engine cars are now very economical, so we set the motoring journalists a challenge.”
The four teams of journalists were each given a charity, with Dogs Trust, The Irish Cancer Society, Irish Autism Action and The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association set to benefit from their efforts.
The team that, on average, produced the best fuel economy figure after driving the Fabia 1.2 HTP, Octavia 1.2 TSI, Citigo 1.0 MPI and the Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.2 TSI would get €1,000 for their given charity, with €750 awarded for second place, €500 for third place and €250 for fourth place.
The teams set off from The Gibson Hotel in Dublin before travelling towards Kells, Lakeside Manor outside Virginia, then on to Longford and finally back to Dublin on a mixture of primary, secondary and motorway routes comprising 333km in total length, designed to test the cars’ fuel-sipping ability.
Leddy said: “Motoring journalists often drive cars to the limit, but it’s a tough test of skill to drive as frugally as possible, and it ended up being quite a tense affair in the end.”
The winning team comprised Stephen Watson from Torque.ie, Cathal Doyle from The Irish Sun, TV3’s The Driving Seat presenter Aidan Timmons and Sean Creedon, of Dublin People and Cork News.
On average, across the four cars and four legs of the challenge, they averaged 4.33 l/100km (63.2mpg), just ahead of their nearest competitors.
The winning team was representing The Irish Cancer Society, who will receive €1,000 on behalf of Skoda Ireland.
The runner-up donations saw €750 set to be presented to The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, €500 to Irish Autism Action and €250 to Dogs Trust.