Cross the Arctic Circle starting in the middle Europe using only CNG. On our way we would like to take part in the 1 000 Lakes EcoRun competition in Jyväskylä (Finland). We appreciate donation and are going to use it on journey expenses and starting fee.
Author: Marek Tomíšek
13 years ago I tried eco driving and one year later me and my cousin (navigator) took part in Škoda EconomyRun competition. The results were bad. The following years were better so in 2010 and 2011 we succeeded in our cathegory and became winners. In 2011 we also took second place in total (consumtion: 2,6 l/100 km, mileage 108 MPG). In 2013 I got a crazy idea: reach the Arctic Circle from Prague using only 2 tanks of fuel (with David). That´s how project Úsporné Expedice/Efficient Expeditions started. We succeeded! And this crazy idea was followed by another one: reach Nordkapp using only 2 tanks of fuel. It´s 500 km more to the north. My new co-driver´s name was Lukáš and we really succeeded again! We would like to continue by this project which connects both: an effitient expedition and also an eco-rally.
We plan to set off from the middle Europe and reach the Arctic Circle using only CNG. (BTW Do you know which city lies in the middle of Europe?) You might think it is easy but the most northern CNG station in Finland is in Oul – the infrastructure ends low bellow the Circle. In Poland and in the Baltics there are not also so many CNG stations. When we succeed to cross the Arctic Circle we will try to keep driving as far as possible and have the record registred as offical.
Our Eco Run 1 000 Lakes goal is to represent our Czech history in consumtion competitions. We also want Octavia G-TEC to undergo an extreme test (#ExtremniTestCNG).
Since 2006 we are participating on Škoda EconomyRun competition and last years we added distance effitient expeditions. Last year we hae tried our first abroad consumption competition – EcoRun 1 000 Lakes in Finland. This is an event we would like to participate on again using our last year experience -gravel roads are no common in the Czech Republic. Moreover we plan to take part with Škoda Octavia G-TEC, an ideal car for us, because I have been driven more than 100,000 km with this car. A little disadvantage is we probably must use fuel instead of my favourite CNG. We take part in a few eco rallys this year (#EcoRallyTeamCZ) – you can find more info on this link. This expedition is also a part of a long-term extreme test of Octavia G-TEC (Usporne.info, youtube). If you decide to place your add on our car many people will see it in various reports. Morover this is a taxi (Liftago) so it will bring peoples attention as a racing car while driving in Prague.
This September we would like to take part in (low cost) Škoda EconomyRun with this car and do our best to defend our last-year victory. In cas of collecting a little bit more money we would like to take part also in another Czech eco rally which is a part of a series Czech Trophy in Eco Rally – so your add will definitelly be highly visible.
I (Marek) have studied engineering and I have been into cars since childhood. My studies help me to understand how a car works and how to drive it effectively. Although I have dreamt about racing when I was younger but it somehow turned „wrong“ onto eco „racing“ which I like the most. David studied geography – the best degree for a navigator. :-)
Through our effitient journeys we show on the fact how big influence a driver has on the consumption and the emmission. We also point at other effitient power with better emissions. CNG is one of them. It is a very interesting option besides fuel. As well as last year we chose to prepare interesting rewards for you, donators.