Cape Agulhas – Rainer Zietlow will kickoff his second attempt at a world record on Friday (September 11) - a drive from Cape Agulhas, South Africa to Nordkapp, Norway in less than ten days.
The 'Challenge4' team’s first attempt in 2014 resulted in a record time of 21 days and 10 hours. Due to a crash, through no fault of their own, the team lost 13 days before they could pick up their attempt on the same, undamaged tyres.
In September 2015, Rainer Zietlow, cameraman Marius Biela and Sam Roach, CEO of Volkswagen Racing UK, will once again attempt a Cape-to-Cape record.
Zietlow, a multiple world-record holder in extreme continent-spanning journeys, will depart from Cape Agulhas with his team to Nordkapp, more than 18 000km away.
The team will use a VW Touareg 3.0 TDI with a standard engine and transmission. The SUV sports minor modifications to its suspension (due to larger tyres), a new roll cage and racing seats has been fitted.
The Touareg is also fitted with satnav and communication equipment. The tweaked 4x4 has a huge, additional tank enabling it to reach a claimed range of up to 3000km.
The world record attempt is expected to take about ten days to complete and will see Zietlow and his Challenge4 team pass through 21 countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and finally Norway.
To reach the European continent, the team will fly from Amman, Jordan.
Watch Zietlow and Challenge4 projects from 2005 to 2015: