This is one record attempt that had been done ages ago but has finally received the due recognition that it originally deserved after so long. Nevertheless, it is quite refreshing to see a record breaking attempt being finally recognized by the car maker. Tata Manza owner, Mr. Narayanan Menon has entered the the Limca Book of Records for managing to drive his stock Manza for 46.33 Kilometers on a single liter of diesel.
By the looks of it, this is the highest ever mileage that the 1.3 Liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine has clocked across the world and that makes this record even more special. The record has been completed on a stock Tata Manza Diesel with absolutely no modifications for the mileage run. Mr Menon drove the Tata Manza on the arrow straight bye-pass road between Coimbatore and Avanashi, and covered a distance of 72.3 kilometer using only 1.58 liters of diesel translating into a mileage of 46.33 KMPL of Diesel.
The record was certified by the Limca Book of Record on the 25th of May, 2010. Mr Narayanan attributes this high mileage figure to disciplined driving with a light right foot rather than any special skills. Also, regular maintenance of the car is said to be a major factor for the good mileage figure. So, if Mr Narayanan can squeeze these many kilometers from a stock Manza on a good stretch of tarmac, so can you.
While Mr Narayanan’s record was for a short distance, stock Tata Manza’s driven with a light foot can deliver over 20 kilometers per liter of diesel on Indian highways with the mileage figure in the city going up to almost 15-16 KMPL. So, it indeed pays to have good driving habits and maintaining your car in top shape. Meanwhile, the Tata Motors has managed to sell 4,00,000 sedans so far, which in itself is no mean feat for a young car maker like Tata.