The Volkwsagen Touareg Pan-America has been presented at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, after setting the fastest crossing of the two Americas.
Even if the journey of the Volkswagen Touareg Pan-America isn’t exactly new and the crossover did it earlier this year, the SUV was presented at the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The journey started on the 2nd of July 2011 in Argentina and the team, made out of Rainer Zietlow, Juan Carlos Fernandez and Marius Beila, went from Chile’s sandstorms to Alaska’s muddy roads and managed to move on and on, with pre-arranged fuel-stops, which, according to them, helped in breaking the record.
“We want to celebrate the important role the Pan-American Highway has played in bringing commerce and unity to countries along the route, while demonstrating the power and durability of a clean diesel vehicle. The 75th Anniversary of the Pan-American Highway provides us with a great opportunity to do both”, said Rainer Zietlow before the expedition started.
Zietlow’s team have donated 10 cents for every kilometer done, helping this way two South American villages with 250.000 USD. The team drove a 3.0 liter V6 TDI VW Touareg, equipped with special tires and an extra fuel tank with a 300 liter capcity. The journey took 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes, beating the old record by over three days.