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 Panamericana Highway, which stretches more than 16.000 miles (22500 km) through 14 countries from Alaska to Argentina. They needed 10 days and 19 hours and with this they broke their old world record of 11 days and 17 hours from 2011 in a Volkswagen Touareg. The car was a standard Volkswagen Amarok V6 with 224 hp produced at the Volkswagen factory in Argentina. The only modifications were an additional fuel tank of 120 liters and two LED lights. The team started on June 20th, 2019 from Deadhorse/Alaska and finished on the 1st of July 2019 in Ushuaia/Argentina. They delivered a present between both sister cities. Crossing the Darien Jungle between Panama und Colombia, Rainer Zietlow and his team used a scheduled cargo plane as the Panamericana road 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 organization “SOS Children`s Villages” with his projects. Rainer Zietlow donated this time 3.000 Euro for a SOS Children’s Village in Montevideo/Uruguay, which he was visited on 9th of July 2019.