April 3, 2007

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sets new world altitude record during volcano climb

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Two Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vehicles have set a new world record by climbing 6,646 metres (21,804 feet) to the rim of Ojos del Salado, the world’s highest volcano, in Chile. The achievement has been certified by Guinness World Records as the highest altitude ever reached by a four-wheel vehicle.

Over five days in March, a team from Extrem Events in Germany, led by Mattias Jeschke, traveled from the base of the volcano in the Chilean Andes to the rim. During the trip, the team endured hurricane-strength winds, temperatures that reached minus 30C, and had to cross a glacier field.

The two Jeeps were standard-equipment Rubicon models, outfitted with Goodyear MT/R tires, electronic altitude measuring technology and winches.

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