From Dakar to Moscow
World Record driver Rainer Zietlow and the two Russian journalists Petr Bakanov from Auto Mail.Ru, Georgy Golubev from Klaxon set up a new world record time by driving 8.000 kilometers from Dakar to Moscow in only three days and four hours with the new Volkswagen Amarok V6 with 225hp in April 2017. It was for Rainer Zietlow his sixth long distance world record and his second world record drive with a Volkswagen Amarok.
The team started on the 22nd of April at 2am at the old Hotel de Ville in Dakar and followed their route through Senegal, Mauritanie, Morocco, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania Latvia and Russia to Moscow, where they arrived on the 25th of April around 10am. The Volkswagen Amarok V6, which came from the Press Pool of Volkswagen Commercial Cars in Hanover had no extra modifications for this endurance challenge except two additional fuel tanks on the pick up and a LED high-beam light in front.
The most difficult part was the 3.260 kilometers long stretch through Senegal, Mauritania and Morocco, where a lot of bumpy sand roads, several border crossings and deep potholes plus camels, coats and donkeys have been on the road. Another target was to meet with the catamaran ferry departure at Tanger Port exactly in time not to loose to much time here.
Since 2005 Rainer Zietlow supports SOS Children’s Villages with each of his projects. Also this time he donated 1.500 Euro for a SOS Children’s Village in Dakar. The team visited the village on the 20th of April 2017 to hand over their donation which is around 20 Euro cent per each kilometer driven.