Above the clouds: Mercedes super all-terrain vehicles reach unprecedented heightsJanuary 23, 2020
All-wheel drive trucks Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5023, accompanying the expedition to the volcano Ojos del Salado, climbed to a height of 6694 m, setting a new world record.
This was reported by the press service of the company. For 70 years, the Unimog brand has been regularly used in various scientific expeditions around the world. Due to their phenomenal cross-country ability and endurance, these all-terrain vehicles enjoy well-deserved popularity.
This time, the expedition, led by the titled athlete Matthias Yeshke, climbed the highest volcano in the world – Ojos del Salado in Chile. Two specially prepared four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles Unimog U 5023 took part in the ascent.
The purpose of the expedition was the installation in four base stations located at different heights of radio stations for communication in emergency situations. Ojos del Salado is the highest volcano on the planet – its height reaches 6893 m. It is part of the Pacific volcanic ring of fire – the area around the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean, in which there are most active volcanoes and many earthquakes. Therefore, scientific expeditions often come here.
After installing the fourth radio station in the camp at an altitude of 6100 m, the team on two Unimog U 5023 decided to continue moving to set a new world record. Cars were able to rise to a height of 6694 m.
Machines were prepared by the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks division. All-terrain vehicles received at their disposal special tires, powerful winches and a special system to balance the center of gravity.
Record after record
It is interesting that Ojos del Salado is a fairly popular place for those who want to set records in various vehicles. In April 2007, Chilean athletes Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales Moya climbed the upgraded Suzuki Samurai to a height of 6688 m, improving Matthias Yesheke’s record, which reached a month earlier 6646 m altitude on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
In 2015, Yeshke decided to answer with a new record, but this time he went to conquer Ojos del Salado in a Mercedes-Benz Zetros truck. With his help, Matthias climbed to a height of 6675 m, setting two high-altitude records at once – for freight cars and for cars with a diesel engine.
In the same 2015, Chilean Gianfranco Bianchi set a world record for motorcycles, climbing a Suzuki RMZ 450 to a height of 6472 m. In 2017, Yeshke and the team of the German company Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) intended to set another world record, but difficult weather conditions prevented realize grandiose plans.
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