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Published on July 3rd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Goodyear Sets Wheels in Motion for World Record Attempt Across Eurasia

On June 30th Rainer Zietlow embarked on his 15,200 km world record drive across Eurasia. In around 8 days, Rainer wants to drive from Magadan, the easternmost city on the Asian continent reachable by car, to Lisbon, the westernmost city on the European continent. As he did with his previous challenges, Zietlow will donate the funds he raises to the charity SOS Village in Belarus which he will visit after the world record run. With a long heritage of firsts, Rainer again choses Goodyear as the ideal partner for this world record attempt.

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History of firsts
Rainer Zietlow himself already has four long distance world records to his name; this challenge will be his fifth. The attempt will take Zietlow on a journey through 11 time zones, starting at the most extreme point in Eurasia reachable by car. The biggest challenge he faces will be crossing Moscow without traffic jams and the infamous Kolyma Highway in Russia, a 3,000 km gravel road, very demanding for crew, car and tyres. In order to cross the supercontinent in a record-breaking time, Rainer Zietlow chose to partner with Goodyear for the third time, using the tyre company’s Wrangler HP All Weather tyres. Previous collaborations were Cape to Cape and Cape to Cape 2.0.

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All weather Goodyear tyre
The Wrangler HP All Weather tyre, designed for SUV and 4X4 vehicles, combines solid year-round performance on tarmac and hardened roads with strong off-road abilities. The tyre offers an aggressive grip in wet weather, strong aquaplaning resistance granting the team the necessary peace of mind as they make their way to Lisbon.

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Across Eurasia from Magadan to Lisbon
The world record attempt is expected to take around 8 days to complete, and will see Zietlow and his team, cameraman Marius Biela and Russian journalist Peter Bakanov, pass through 7 countries: Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal.

The car will carry a total of seven tyres: four fitted tyres and three spare ones. Other partners of the challenge include Volkswagen Group Rus, LukOil lubricants, Ferodo, Champion, Immarsat, Exide, Borbet and Kuehne+Naegel.

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