From Alaska to Argentina
The German world record driver Rainer Zietlow and his team set a world record on the longest road of the world, the Pan-American Highway, also known as Panamericana, which stretches more than 16,000 miles (22,500 km) through 14 countries from Alaska to Argentina.
They covered the distance in just 10 days and 19 hours, breaking their own older world record of 11 days and 17 hours, set in 2011 in a Volkswagen Touareg. The record-breaking vehicle was a standard Volkswagen Amarok V6 with 224 hp, manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Argentina. The only modifications were an additional fuel tank of 120 liters and two LED lights. The team started on June 20, 2019 from Deadhorse, Alaska, and finished in Ushuaia, Argentina, on July 1, 2019. Both cities are connected by a town twinning and therefore Rainer Zietlow handed over a gift from the twin town in the north upon his arrival in Ushuaia.
Crossing the Darien Jungle between Panama und Colombia, Rainer Zietlow and his team used a scheduled cargo plane as the Pan-American Highway is interrupted between both countries. Rainer Zietlow’s Panamericana 2.0 world record was supported by Volkswagen Argentina, Michelin/Pylon, Shell, TMD Friction, Volkswagen Accessories, Borbet and Kuehne + Nagel.
Since 2005 Rainer Zietlow supports the international aid organization SOS Children`s Villages with his projects. Rainer Zietlow donated this time 3,000 Euro for a Children’s Village in Montevideo, Uruguay, which he visited on July 9, 2019.