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2017-04-24 11:49

NO STRANGER TO LONG DRIVES: Rainer Zietlow (left) is attempting to drive from Senegal to Russia in four days in his Volkswagen Amarok. Image: Newsmarket

Dakar - On April 22, Rainer Zietlow and his co-drivers started a world record attempt of driving their Volkswagen Amarok, fitted with recently launched Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tyres, from Dakar to Moscow in four days or less.

Winning team

Goodyear and Rainer Zietlow share a common heritage of establishing spectacular world records; driving from Norway to South-Africa in 2014, improving the same record in 2015 and finally driving from Russia to Portugal in 2016. With five long distance world records to his name, Rainer is about to embark on his sixth world record attempt.

In 2017, the journey will take him through 10 countries; Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. He will cross the Mediterranean by ferry from Tanger to Tarifa.  A total of 8000 km in less than four days.

As he did with his previous challenges, Zietlow will donate the funds he raises to the charity SOS Children’s Village in Senegal which he will visit just before the world record run. Zietlow will donate around €1500 , which is roughly 20 €cents per kilometer driven.

READ: 2017 VW Amarok bakkie in SA

Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure

The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure is built with an ultra-strong Kevlar fibre overlay. This re-enforces the tread, offering the rugged strength needed to help preventing punctures and cuts for a more confident off-road driving experience. This feature is reinforced by the Durawall™ Technology, which improves the resistance against punctures and cuts in the sidewall area.

Goodyear engineers says they've optimized the tread design for an even pressure distribution across the footprint, resulting in excellent mileage and great on-road performance. DEKRA test results reveal that the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure has, on average, a 37% better mileage performance than other tested tyres.

“With Goodyear as a partner we have reliable tires that offer the on-and off-road performance that we will definitely need. The Kevlar reinforced Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure’s durability is a huge help when attempting to establish a new world record,” adds Zietlow.


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