Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana, the model which established the fastest crossing of the American continent, visited the Volkswagen headquarter in Wolfsburg.
Volkswagen brought the team lead by Rainer Zietlow “TDI Panamericana” at its headquarters in Wolfsburg. The team of adventurers consisting of Rainer Zietlow, Juan Carlos Fernandez and Marius Beila set the new world record for the fastest crossing of the Pan-American Highway.
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Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana – TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge
The team driving the Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana took 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes to cross the 25,750 kilometers (16,000 miles) and then returned in the United States to promote the TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge and the special skills of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel.
The crew in the special Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana began the journey on July 2, 2011 and was full three days shorter than the previous record holder. The team donated 10 cents for each kilometer driven, the amount collected being $ 250,000 for helping two Latin American localities. Unlike the standard version of the Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI V6 the Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana model who helped the three adventurers to make ??this record has a 300 liter (80 US gallons) fuel tank, special larger tires and Inmarsat satellite technology for live communication.
These intrepid travelers braved snowy passes, scorching summer heat and less-than-stellar road conditions to drive from Ushuaia, Argentina to Deadhorse, Alaska in a specially modified SUV named Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana to complete the TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge faster than expected. The challenge was their way of commemorating the 75th anniversary of the world’s longest road: Pan-American Highway, crossing through 14 countries (Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Canada, ending their journey in Deadhorse, Alaska) and covering nearly 16,000 miles.
Rainer’s team drove a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel. The Touareg’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine and 4MOTION all wheel drive (AWD) system deliver the performance and durability required to tackle the many twists and turns of the Pan-American Highway. The engine provides an impressive maximum torque of 406 lbs.-ft. at 1,750 to 2,250 rpm while producing 225 horsepower at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm.
“We want to celebrate the important role of the Pan-American Highway in the commercial development and union of the countries along it. At the same time we intend to prove the power and utility of a low emission diesel vehicle. Although we are not at the first endurance test, this race along the Pan-American Highway is certainly the most exciting yet, “said Rainer Zietlow before they started the TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge.
Video TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge – The Start
Video Volkswagen Touareg Panamericana – Final Stretch Alaska
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