In a Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI, Rainer Zietlow and his team have set a new course record in the renowned Carretera Panamericana race with a driving time of just 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes. This race runs the entire length of North and South America. As part of his post-race tour, the off-road enthusiast is showing the record-setting vehicle in Wolfsburg today.
Zietlow and his team covered a total of 22,750 kilometers on the route between Tierra del Fuego and Alaska; they passed through 17 countries as well as most of the Earth’s climate and vegetation zones in the record drive, which has been certified by the TUV Nord testing organization. Whether extreme heat, heavy rain, sandstorms or snow – the Volkswagen Touareg proved its efficiency and staying power under challenging course conditions. Zietlow broke the previous world record set in 2006 by four days. In the Touareg, the eco-friendly 3.0l V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine (165 kW/225 PS in the US version) consumes 30 percent less fuel and emits up to 25 percent less CO2 than other vehicles with petrol engines in its class.
Rainer Zietlow has documented his world record drive with extensive video and photographic materials at the following website: www.tdi-panamericana.com.
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