Rainer Zietlow begins a new adventure

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Not content with completing the Pan-American highway route from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in the fastest time ever, off-road enthusiast Rainer Zietlow has set off on a new world record tour from Melbourne to St. Petersburg.

Once again, the team’s vehicle of choice is a Volkswagen Touareg, which uses the standard 165 kW (221 hp) 3-litre V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine, but does have additional equipment including an extra fuel tank, roll-cage and GPS system that allows fans to monitor the progress of Zietlow at Touareg-Russtralia.

The plan is to travel from the earth’s southernmost city 23,000 kilometres to its northernmost counterpart in under three weeks. The event will see the Touareg encounter extreme heat, torrential rain, sandstorms and varying altitudes and, in the style of a dispatch rider, Zietlow is aiming to deliver a letter from Melbourne’s Mayor to St. Petersburg’s top city official.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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