37 drivers from 20 countries will be going head to head during the international final of the Optifuel Challenge 2015, a competition focused on economic driving organised by Renault Trucks. The winner will be the driver capable of consuming the least fuel while maintaining required journey speed. The verdict will come on 7 October, after a day of trials in Lisbon. The finalists will be driving a Renault Trucks T, voted International Truck of the Year 2015.
After Seville in 2012 and Nice in 2014, on 7 October Lisbon will be hosting the international finals of the Optifuel Challenge 2015, the economic driving competition organised by Renault Trucks. Twenty countries from Europe and Northern Africa are sending their best eco-drivers to the event, selected during national competitions. This year, five additional countries have decided to enter the competition, so that there will now be 37 competitors from 20 countries competing against each other for the “Best Eco-driver of 2015” title. The Optifuel Challenge illustrates Renault Trucks’ commitment to reducing its customers’ operating costs by offering them a global approach to cutting fuel consumption.
The competition consists of two phases: first of all, finalists answer a questionnaire designed to test their knowledge of economic driving. They will then follow a predetermined on-road route taking some 40 minutes to complete in a Renault Trucks T Optifuel. This offering combines a vehicle featuring the latest technological advances with a range of dedicated services: Optifuel Training driving instruction developed by Renault Trucks backed by Optifuel Infomax software which monitors and analyses drivers’ behaviour at the wheel.
This driving test, which accounts for 90% of the final rating, judges finalists’ rational driving performance, their journey speed and consumption. All this data is then assessed based on information provided by Optifuel Infomax. After the driving trial, finalists will be able to get feedback on their performance from one of Renault Trucks’ experts on fuel saving and economic driving.
The winner of the Optifuel Challenge 2015 will be presented with an €8,000 shopping voucher valid in any store chain, while the company represented will win one year’s full-service rental of a Renault Trucks T 460 Optifuel.
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List of countries taking part in the Optifuel Challenge 2015 finals: Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, France, UK, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey
The Renault Trucks T Optifuel: Consumption savings of 10.9%certified by the TÜV
In spring 2015, the independent certifying organisation TÜV Rheinland certified that the Renault Trucks T Optifuel consumed 10.9% less fuel than a standard T after drivers had completed an Optifuel Training instruction programme. This result confirms the Renault Trucks T Optifuel version’s performance in terms of lower fuel consumption and the important role played by appropriate instruction.