Driven by the RAC Patrol Ambassador of the Year Ben Wilson, with co-driver, Zainab Rahman, PR Executive at the RAC, the Vito 116 Long 116 BlueTEC model achieved an overall mpg of 47.57 mpg during the Marathon, higher than the Mercedes-Benz published figure of 47.1 mpg combined.
The New Vito, complete with the coveted, personalised registration plate, P1 RAC, is Ben’s patrol vehicle during the 12-month reign as RAC Patrol Ambassador of the Year.
The vehicle is racked out by Bri-Stor systems to carry a full inventory of 500 tools and parts that each RAC patrol carries, as well as fuel and a special folding trailer for cars that require towing, and a roof-mounted flashing lightbar – all of which were still in the van during the MPG Marathon challenge – further testament to the achievements of Ben, Zainab, and the New Vito.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “Congratulations to Ben and Zainab for their fantastic achievement! To come third in the MPG Marathon as the only laden van, while achieving over our stated combined MPG figure, proves that with a good driver behind the wheel, our vans do exactly what they say we will do.”
Ben added: “The event was really enjoyable and we’re very impressed with how well the Vito performed. To achieve an mpg of 47.57 from an automatic, kitted out van that weighs approximately three tonnes is outstanding. Knowing that my van is helping me to keep my carbon footprint to a minimum while I attend breakdowns gives me added peace of mind.”