In the words of the drivers and the Record Run team

Peter Beck

Assignment: night shift in Wiesbaden
What was your main duty in the Record Run?
Driving the three Citaro buses on the night shift in Wiesbaden.
Driving when I was on duty, making sure there were no accidents. During the passive times helping the active driver stay awake. Pointing out special traffic situations when necessary.
What did you enjoy the most?
The great mood in night-time Wiesbaden. The city looks deserted, the lights of the historic buildings are all aglow. Round-trip after round-trip through a sleeping city until it once more comes back to life. It almost had the makings of a road movie.
Did you face any particular challenges?
The particular challenge was to produce consistent results with regard to fuel consumption hour after hour. Regardless of how tired we were and how long we had been driving: the focus was always on the goal.
Hermann Zehnder

Assignment: route 17 in Wiesbaden
What was your main duty in the Record Run?
I was assigned to vehicle rigging and preparation at the Mercedes-Benz bus plant in Mannheim. During the Record Run I worked the daytime shift driving a Citaro bus on route 17 between 22 and 26 October 2012.
What did you enjoy the most?
When we set up at the Wolfsfeld bus stop in the morning I was approached twice by an older lady who asked what the purpose of our marathon run was. At the end of the conversation she always wished us a good trip before she went on her way. The passers-by and the drivers from ESWE were also always very eager to find out what we were doing.
Did you face any particular challenges?
The challenge lay in being particularly careful around drivers with an RÜD license plate. In contrast, the local motorists from Wiesbaden were very thoughtful and courteous. Particular challenges always arose during rush hour.
Jürgen Körber

Assignment: route 17 in Wiesbaden
What was your main duty in the Record Run?
I was involved in vehicle rigging and the preparation of the Record Run. During the Record Run I worked the daytime shift driving a Citaro bus on route 17 between 22 and 26 October 2012.
What did you enjoy the most?
The passers-by and the drivers from ESWE were friendly and interested in this project.
Did you face any particular challenges?
Yes, getting the Citaro bus to the destination undamaged even in the heaviest of traffic. There were also a lot of large, old tree branches that protruded into the road, that was an added challenge. The Wiesbaden motorists exhibited an anticipatory driving style, but there also were exceptions.
Matthias Schenkel

Assignment: Supervision of measuring technology
What was your main duty in the Record Run?
My duties were at the filling station. That's where I looked after the measuring technology, collected and saved the data from the vehicles, and did an initial evaluation for each vehicle after every refuelling.
What did you enjoy the most?
I was already involved in the preparation of the vehicles leading up to the Record Run. The operation and the support were excellent. And the great results at the end.

Results

Test preparation and cooperation partners

Vehicles and drivers