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Rainer Zietlow set a new world record on the North Cape (Norway) to Cape Agulhas (South Africa) route on October 12, 2014. On this record-setting drive, Zietlow drove a Volkswagen Touareg V6TDI powered by the new Exide Start-Stop AGM battery. Taking 21 days, 16 hours and 36 minutes to complete the route, Zietlow beat the previous record of 28 days, which had stood for 30 years.

"On such a long-distance drive, the battery plays a crucial role," said Zietlow. "It supplies power not only for engine start, but also for power-hungry equipment like the satellite, computers, car-drive fridge and headlights." The new Exide Start-Stop AGM battery Zietlow installed in his car was launched at Automechanika in September 2014. It provides 20% more power and four times longer cycle life than a standard battery.

The world record drive was interrupted by an accident caused by another driver in Tanzania. Although the engine, gearbox and battery stayed intact, the front gear was heavily damaged and had to be repaired at the Volkswagen importer garage in Dar es Salaam for 13 days. If you take away the time for repairs, the trip of around 17,000 km was covered in just 8 days, 10 hours and 26 minutes.

It is not the first time that Exide and Zietlow have worked together. The German adventurer also set the world records on the Pan-American Highway and the eastern Melbourne–St. Petersburg axis, again with Exide batteries installed. "On my world record tours, Exide was always on board and never failed," Zietlow said. He plans to visit Exide dealers, distributors and customers on his upcoming roadshow across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.


Craig Anderson
Exide PR Contact
+44(0)141 280 0266

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