German motorsports adventurer Rainer Zietlow and his team have embarked on a journey that aims to set a new record by covering 23,000 kilometres in wheels, particularly in a Volkswagen Touareg. Zietlow began his 23,000-kilometre journey in Melbourne, Australia and hopes to finish it in St. Petersburg, Russia in just three weeks
Bringing with him additional equipment like a roll-cage and an extra fuel tank, Zietlow hit the road on July 27, 2012, and is expected to experience different climates, temperatures, humidity and weather as well as different altitudes. Zietlow’s newest record-breaking attempt will fully test the qualities and durability of the Touareg, especially with the different conditions along the way.
Touareg’s fuel efficient and environmentally friendly 3.0-litre V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine is taking on the challenge posed by the long journey. Touareg’s V6 TDI engine consumes 30 percent less fuel and emits up to 25 percent less Carbon Dioxide, compared to other vehicles of this category powered with petrol engines.
Zietlow will be driving to St. Petersburg in the style of former dispatch riders, aiming to deliver a letter from the Mayor of Melbourne to the top city official of the Russian City. Melbourne and St. Petersburg have been sister cities since 1989.