Fiat Panda Drives from Cape Town to London

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Two-man team drives a little Fiat across 13 countries along more than 10,000 miles to claim a new record and raise money for charity.

There are plenty of cars to choose from for taking a trans-continental road trip. We're not sure a Fiat Panda would be anywhere on our list, let alone at the top, but two Brits just drove one all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, to London, England. And in the process they set a new record. The 10,300-mile journey started for Philip Young and Paul Brace on February 1 and ended on February 11, recording total time of non-stop driving at 10 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes.

Over the course of that time, they averaged 1,000 miles per day at 49 miles per hour. And the little Italian hatchback never let them down. They didn't even go with the four-wheel-drive model, opting instead for the economical 900cc two-cylinder TwinAir version. They packed it with an extra fuel tank, two spare wheels, sump guards, upgraded springs and a relocated air intake. They didn't even stop to sleep, fitting a foam mattress across the back seat. In case you've never been in a Panda, trust us - there's not a lot of room in the back seat. But somehow they managed.

Along their journey, Young, Brace and Panda saw South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy and France before ending in London's Hyde Park. The hourney raised funds for the Farm Africa charity that helps locals produce food more effectively in an effort to eradicate hunger.

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