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Jul 14, 2016 | Events
Fourth world record for Team Zietlow.

From Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, Melbourne to St. Petersburg and South Africa to Norway, Rainer Zietlow and his team have already put the Volkswagen Touareg through its paces on a number of occasions. And despite difficult road conditions and hot and cold temperatures which affected both people and materials alike, this group proved themselves to be a consistent and unbelievably effective team, managing to cover the route in record time.

And this year was no different for Rainer Zietlow, as he took to the roads once again in the Volkswagen Touareg. He was accompanied by photographer and cameraman Marius Biela, film-maker and journalist Peter Bakanov, who served as the second driver, and film editor and cameraman Alexander Pogodin. The route took them from the Russian port city of Magadan on the Sea of Okhotsk to Lisbon, Portugal, a journey from east to west that led them through the entire Eurasian continent.

The first 3000 kilometres were the most difficult of the entire tour and saw the group traverse the partially unfastened Kolyma Highway. This section of road is known for its unpredictable weather and road conditions. The route continued over Yakutsk, Ulan Ude, along Lake Baikal and across the Urals to Minsk. The team then travelled through Poland, Germany, France, and Spain, before reaching Portugal.

Travelling in the Volkswagen Touareg, the team was able to cover 15,145 kilometres in just six days and nine hours. A new world record, smashing the previous record by two days! As with all of his projects undertaken with Volkswagen vehicles since 2005, Rainer Zietlow used this record-breaking journey to raise money for the international charitable organisation ‘SOS-Kinderdorf’. €0.10 per kilometre travelled, totalling €1,515, was donated to the SOS-Kinderdorf “Marina Gorka”, not far from Minsk, which Zietlow visited personally during his scout tour in June 2016.