The TDI-Panamericana tour begins on Friday, with Rainer Zietlow and his team ready to embark on the ultimate journey: a two-week trek from Ushuaia in Argentina to Deadhorse, Alaska.
Equipped with 2011 VW Touareg TDI Clean Diesel, the SUVs will use Continental's CrossContact LX20 tires during the non-stop, two week drive. With the drivers rotating through five-hour shifts, the TDI-Panamericana tour will test both the drivers' endurance and their equipment. The team will travel close to 16,000 miles in the 14 days.
Zietlow, a celebrated off-road racer, will depart on June 30 with his Challenge4 teammates Carlos Fernandez and Marius Biela. They will begin on the Pan-American Highway's most southern tip in Ushuaia. From there, the group will travel the length of the highway – the longest road in the world – weaving through 14 countries, and completing their journey in Deadhorse on July 13. Key to tackling the distance are the CrossContact LX20 tires, which use EcoPlus Technology for all-season capability. They were developed to deliver improved fuel economy and tread wear, reduce CO2 emissions and stopping shorter than the leading competition in independent wet braking tests.
With the greater fuel economy, the advanced CrossContact LX20 could save the average driver up to 2500 miles of fuel in its lifetime – an aspect that could be crucial for the Challenge4 Team as they make their way across two continents. Follow the team online at www.tdi-panamericana.com as they battle the elements, temperature, altitude and terrain through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and Canada.