Vauxhall smashes spooky World Record

Vauxhall has officially smashed a spooky Guinness World Record, just in time for Halloween.

The Luton-based carmaker teamed up with artist Jeremy Wood to attempt to break the world record for the World’s Largest GPS Drawing.

Though at the time the exact details were vague, Vauxhall has now revealed that the attempt has been successful, creating a Halloween-themed geographical artwork that’s 10,000 miles in the making.

Halloween pumpkin

Created all thanks to Vauxhall’s newest version of the Corsa, the artwork comprises a spooky Halloween pumpkin, with various ghosts and bats thrown in for good measure.

Running the length and breadth of the British mainland, the artwork is 6,080 miles long in total, beating the previous world record of a mere 4,500 miles.

Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s PR manager, said: “We wanted an image that embraced Britain’s mainland, but also chimed with the public at this time of year.

“GPS art was the answer, and new Corsa the paintbrush. The final image and YouTube film celebrate the fact that Vauxhall’s Corsa is part of our motoring landscape, and is loved by drivers throughout our country.”

Jeremy Wood

Artist Jeremy Wood is one of the world’s leaders in GPS art, which creates artworks on a massive scale by combining drawing, travelling and technology.

During Jeremy’s travels, the Corsa’s position was recorded over 264,000 with a GPS receiver, and then joined together like dot-to-dots to create the drawing.

Starting at Vauxhall’s London HQ, the first mile of the image was drawn in Wales. A total of 44 days later, the drawing was completed in Wallingford after a 10,000 mile round trip.

The most northerly point on the drawing in Fraserburgh in Scotland, while the southernmost point is in Plymouth, with nearly 700 miles distance between them.

For the feat, Jeremy used one of Vauxhall’s new Corsa models, fitted with the brand-new 1.0-litre ECOTEC engine.

Averaging at over 50mpg during the 44-day excursion, the Corsa racked up a total of 9,750 miles, with the only incident being a pigeon colliding with its door mirror.

With prices starting from £8,995, the new Corsa is available with nine trim grades and a range of standard equipment which includes a heated windscreen and 14- or 15-inch wheels.

The three-cylinder ECOTEC engine can be specified with outputs of either 89bhp or 113bhp, with a combined fuel consumption of 54.7mpg on the lower-output model.

Other engines include 1.2- and 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol units available with 69bhp or 79bhp, plus two turbocharged 1.3-litre diesels with stop-start technology and outputs of either 74bhp or 94bhp.

Available to order now, first deliveries of the new Corsa are expected to begin early next year.