Everyone’s had that panicked moment, when their car shows almost no miles left of range on the fuel gauge, wondering if they can make it to the next gas station. However, it usually doesn’t happen in the twisting mountain roads of Morocco, where gas stations are fifty miles apart, at least. That’s actually exactly what happened to Rory Reid in an Audi RS7 Sportback while making a video review for Auto Trader.
In this newly released video, we get to see Reid try and limp the RS7 to the nearest fuel station after learning that the car’s trip computer was reading “0 km” of range left. After a day’s worth of flogging and filming the RS7, Reid lost track of both time and fuel. So it was suddenly that he realized the dire situation he was in.
After seeing the fuel gauge in the red and the computer telling him he had no kilometers worth of fuel left in the tank, Reid called the Audi logistics team to ask where the nearest gas station was to his location. Fifty miles. They told him the nearest refuel station was fifty miles away. Fifty miles with the car telling him there were zero miles left in the tank.
That’s a terrifying situation when you’re borrowing a car company’s very expensive car, in a completely different country, on a completely different continent, in the mountains, with nowhere to stop. Thankfully, the Audi RS7 Sportback is more economical than you’d imagine a 591 horsepower twin-turbo V8 land missile to be.
The RS7 features both cylinder deactivation and a mild-hybrid Belt-Alternator Starter (BAS) setup. So, on the highway, the car was running either on just four-cylinders or actually none at all. The BAS is essentially an electric motor that, through a belt-driven setup, can turn the crankshaft of the engine on its own, allowing the engine to shut down and drive the wheels solely under electric power. That likely happened quite often during Reid’s journey.
So did he make it to the gas station, fifty miles from where the car told him he had none left to go? You’ll just have to watch the video to find out.