Rainer Zietlow spent more than half of his life around cars. Just after receiving his driving license, he crossed the Algerian Sahara together with friends for two times. During his studies he went around the globe on behalf of his university city in 1996/1997. At that point he noticed, that this should be his occupation for the next decades. Until today, he has toured 110 countries by car. However, the home of the 44-year old is and will be Mannheim in Southern Germany, where he lives together with his wife and his son.
In 2004 Rainer Zietlow founded his agency CHALLENGE4 GmbH and turned his hobby into a career. CHALLENGE4 is a specialist in planning and executing worldwide automotive projects with Volkswagen cars. Ever since he completed all nine projects successfully.
His automotive success includes three "Guinness World Records" - all of them have been achieved in a team. In 2005 he established a new altitude record for series vehicles with a Volkswagen Touareg V6 in Chile together with Ronald Bormann and a six-member team. Afterwards he completed the first natural gas driven circumnavigation of the world in a Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel with a four-member team in 2006/2007. Lately he was distinguished with his eight-member team for driving the longest distance in one country (Russia) with several Volkswagen Amarok. In between Rainer Zietlow set two long-distance-world records by completing the famous road "Panamericana" from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska in 2011 and by driving from Melbourne (Australia) to St. Petersburg (Russia) one year later in the shortest possible time.
Almost at every project since 2005 Rainer Zietlow supports the SOS-Children Village organization and visits al least one SOS-Children village personally to hand over the donation.