What is the TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge?

Renowned adventurer and off-road driver, Rainer Zietlow, and his team will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pan-American Highway with the ultimate endurance challenge – a fast, two-week drive from Argentina to Alaska on the longest road in the world. The team will cover 14 countries and nearly 16,000 miles in a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI® Clean Diesel SUV.

07/20/2011 11:30 AM
By now, you know that Rainer Zietlow and his team Carlos Fernandez and Marius Biela completed the TDI-Panamericana Challenge ahead of schedule. But did you know that they also set a new world record for driving the length of the Pan-American Highway? The challenge was their way of commemorating the 75th anniversary of the world’s [...]
07/16/2011 04:24 PM
What can’t Rainer Zietlow and his team do? Actually, the answer to that question may be “arrive fashionably late.” These intrepid travelers braved snowy passes, scorching summer heat and less-than-stellar road conditions to drive from Ushuaia, Argentina to Deadhorse, Alaska in a Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel to complete the TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge faster than [...]
07/13/2011 10:12 PM
Rainer Zietlow and team love the States. No, really. The excellent road conditions, abundance of Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel filling stations, friendly faces and lovely weather this time of year make driving their Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel a joy. So it may seem odd that they spent so little time in the Continental U.S., but [...]
07/12/2011 07:53 PM
If it seems like Rainer Zietlow and team were just in South America, it’s because they were just in South America. But this event isn’t called the TDI-Panamericana Sunday Drive—it’s called the TDI-Panamericana Challenge, and these people are pushing their Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel (and themselves) to the limit. Just this morning, they crossed [...]
07/08/2011 09:43 PM
Don’t like the weather where you are? Just do what Rainer Zietlow and team did: hop in a Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel and drive until the seasons change. The TDI-Panamericana Challenge started as a wintry affair, but now the crew is enjoying much warmer weather in the northern half of the planet. As of [...]
07/05/2011 10:33 PM
It takes more than snow to stop driver extraordinaire Rainer Zietlow and his team. While it’s true that severe weather conditions delayed the kickoff of the TDI-Panamericana Challenge , the crew is now on the road and giving the odometer on their Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel quite the workout.


 
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Final Stretch Alaska
11/09/13