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2011-12-14 06:45

PANAMERICANA RACE: Rainer Zietlow broke the previous world record in the Panamericana race, set in 2006, by four days.

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Rainer Zietlow and his team have set a course record in a VW Touareg V6 TDI for the Carretera Panamericana race.

They took 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes to drive the length of the Americas.

As part of Zietlow's post-race tour, the off-road enthusiast showed his record-setting vehicle in Wolfsburg, Germany - also known as VW Town.

Zietlow and his team covered 22 750km on the route from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska; they went through 17 countries as well as most of the Earth’s climate and vegetation zones in the record drive, which has been certified by the TÜV Nord testing organisation.

Whether extreme heat, heavy rain, sandstorms or snow – the Volkswagen Touareg proved its efficiency and staying power under challenging course conditions.

Rainer Zietlow has documented his world record drive with extensive video and photographic materials at the following website.

Watch Zietlow's final streaming after his record setting course run:


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