A Volkswagen Touareg has not only set a new course record in the renowned Carretera Panamericana race, it has also set a new world record by running the entire length of North and South America in just 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes.
Driver and expedition head Rainer Zietlow's setting the record was timely as the Carretera Panamericana race was held to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Pan-American Highway's establishment.
Using a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel Volkswagen Touareg, Zietlow and his team covered a total of 22,750 kilometers traveling from Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of the South America, to Deadhorse, Alaska. Driving the length of the Pan-American Highway saw the team pass through 17 countries as well as most of the Earth's climate and vegetation zones in a record drive certified by the TÜV Nord testing organization. In the process, Zietlow broke the previous world record set in 2006 by four days.
"We were able to overcome every weather challenge along the way, and our fueling and transportation stops ran like clockwork. Thanks to our sponsors, we were outfitted with a vehicle that could handle the demanding driving schedule and challenging conditions, and had amazing technical and driver support along the way," said Zietlow.