SP: As races go, it’s an odd one. There’s no prize for arriving first - we’re not even heading for the same finish line. We will start in Stuttgart, home of Mercedes, with a pair of identical C220 CDI estates, both brimmed to the gunwales with fuel. I, with photographer Simon Thompson, will head south, while Vijay Pattni - dressed like Scott of the Antarctic, for some reason - will aim north with Tom Salt. The goal? To get as far as possible on a single tank, with one proviso: the locations we splutter to our respective halts at must be fittingly exotic and… un-German. No doubt you could get extraordinary economy by doing 50mph laps of the Munich ring road, but that’d be no fun. Points will be awarded for style, not mere distance.
Pictures: Tom Salt and Simon Thompson
This feature originally appeared in issue 264 of Top Gear magazine.