4th VW Touareg TDI World Record in the Books

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    From Magadan (eastern Russia) to Lisbon (Portugal) in a new record time of 6 days and 9 hours while covering 9,390 miles through 22 Russian regions, 6 European countries and 11 time zones in a VW Touareg V6 TDI.

    Rainer Zietlow (right) and his Team with the Volkswagen Touareg.​

    After three successful world-record drives with the same Touareg, Rainer Zietlow and his team were keen to put themselves to the test again: this time, they were looking for a new challenge on the Eurasian continent and, in just six and a half days, drove from the eastern Russian town of Magadan to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. As a result, Zietlow and his team secured another world record with their Touareg V6 TDI. This vehicle has so far seen the team travel from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska in 11 days, 17 hours along the "Panamerica", from Melbourne to St Petersburg ("Russtralia") in 17 days, 11 hours, and from South Africa to Norway ("Cape to Cape 2.0") in 9 days, 4 hours.

    This time, the trip against the clock took the team comprising Rainer Zietlow, cameraman Marius Biela and Russian journalist Petr Bakanov, in an east-west direction through Russia and Europe. They set off on July 1st at 6:20 am from Magadan, a port on the Sea of Okhotsk in Magadan Oblast. It is the most easterly town in Russia still connected to the road network.

    The first 1,860 miles were the most difficult of the entire tour and took the team over the Kolyma Highway, parts of which are unsurfaced. This section of the route is notorious for its unpredictable weather and road conditions – or as the locals say:
    The tour led Zietlow's team via Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, along Lake Baikal and over the Urals to Minsk, from where they continued their record-breaking drive in Europe after somewhat more than 4 days.

    A little more than one day was all the record-breakers then needed for the remaining section through Poland, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal, arriving in Lisbon at precisely six o'clock on the morning of 7 July 2016. This meant that Zietlow had needed 6 days and 9 hours for the entire distance of 9,390 miles for a new world record that beat the previous record by more than two days.

    Rainer Zietlow's VW Touareg V6 TDI is a production vehicle was modified with two additional fuel tanks allowing a range between fill ups of up to 1,860 miles. To compensate for the increased weight, the suspension was reinforced and all-terrain tires fitted. Several additional headlights provided the necessary illumination during the night driving segments.

    During the record drive, the team posted daily reports on their experiences at Touareg-Eurasia, and a blog also provided information about each day's stage with photos and a brief video. The current position of the Touareg was also shown on a virtual map that was updated every thirty minutes.

    All of Rainer Zietlow projects involving VW vehicles since 2005 involve a donation to the international charitable organization SOS Children's Villages. Ten euro cents for each kilometer travelled – making a total of 1,515 Euros – went to the SOS Children's Village "Marina Gorka" near Minsk, to which Zietlow paid a personal visit during his scout tour in June 2016.

    The VW teams past exploits can be seen in the following:

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