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  1. tgaph

    tgaph New Member

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    Touareg on top of the world
    [24 February 2005] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]A Volkswagen Touareg has entered the Guinness Book of Records after attaining the highest altitude ever reached by a car.

    The 3.2-litre V6 Touareg shrugged off its soft-roader tag to reach 6,080 metres during an expedition to Chile's Ojos del Salado, the world's highest volcano.

    The vehicle used was a Touareg Expedition, a special winch-equipped model not currently available in the UK. It was driven by former Europa Truck Trial champion Ronald Bormann, whose team needed extra oxygen as they battled altitude sickness above a height of 5,000 feet.



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  2. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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  3. waspride

    waspride Can't this wait till I'm old, can I live while I'm

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    :coold: @ the car reaching that height


    :hsugh: @ the team needing 02 at hieghts over 5000 ft.
     
  4. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan

    Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan OT Supporter

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    :cool: that woulda been a long tumble
     
  5. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    'cuz you do it all the time, right? :rofl:

    This is :cool:
     
  6. waspride

    waspride Can't this wait till I'm old, can I live while I'm

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    Over 5000ft without O2 yeah, im sure alot of people on OT do it all the time. Denver is over a mile above sea level.

    Don't get my wrong its :coold: but its weak they had to use O2.

    It must have been a typo, i bet they meant 5000 meters.
     
  7. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan

    Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan OT Supporter

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    we better not show this to tweek, he might attempt it
     
  8. johan

    johan Active Member

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    Whoever guessed that 5,000 ft was actually 5,000 meters was right on the money. The following text is basically promotional literature off the VW website.


    Wolfsburg, 16. February 2005 - Where others fail, the Volkswagen Touareg just keeps going up and up – to an altitude of exactly 6080 metres. The Touareg Expedition from Volkswagen Individual is confirmed as holding the "Guinness Book of Records” entry for the highest altitude recorded for a vehicle.

    On 29 January 2005, battling against icy winds and a lack of oxygen, the expedition team fought its way through the lunar landscape of the Ojos del Salado, the world’s highest volcano, in a standard Touareg Expedition to achieve the world’s altitude record for vehicles. The altimeter and GPS system displayed an altitude of 6080 metres. This is the highest point on the surface of the Earth that a vehicle can reach and safely return from. On 16. February the confirmation came from London: the record has been officially recognised by the “Guinness Book of Records”. The Touareg has thus impressively proven its strengths in extreme conditions and surpassed the performance of all other off-road vehicles.

    The route of the team of eight, headed by expedition leader Rainer Zietlow, first took them through the Atacama desert, the world’s driest area. The base camp is located at 4,400 metres above sea level above the salt lake Laguna Santa Rosa, famous for its pink flamingos. From here the trail continues over stones and pebbles with an 80 % gradient, snow fields and soft volcanic sand. At the wheel of the Volkswagen Touareg was Ronald Bormann, who has won the European Truck Trail competition several times. In sections where rocks as large as a man blocked the path, the winch, fitted as standard to the Touareg Expedition, helped the team on its way.

    The additional spotlights, also part of the standard equipment package, fitted to the roof rack containing spare wheels and rescue equipment, lit the way through the night to the rock-strewn summit. As the air became thinner at 5,000 metres above sea level, the crew was given additional oxygen by altitude specialist Dr Rainald Fischer. In this way the chairman of the Association for Mountain and High Altitude Medicine (BExMED) was able to ward off the potentially life-threatening altitude sickness.

    The Institute for Cartography at the University of Dresden helped to select the route to the summit following a recent four-week survey of the summit region for the purpose of making new maps. The knowledge gained by the expedition will help the scientists verify their work.
     
  9. T-T

    T-T Born Into Retirement

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    Go Touareg.

    The LR3 will do double though :o
     
  10. Redline Racer

    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    Impressive :bigthumb:

    They should have used the 5.0 V10 TDi though.
     

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