The car will need to cross 13 countries in just 72 hours to break the recordEnlarge Photo
Gerhard Plattner has already circled the globe seven times in attempts to set new records. His latest route will present an enormous challenge to the team’s endurance, driving skill and physical fitness, as well as proving the reliability of the car itself.
The journey will kick off on June 8 from the royal mausoleum in Rabat, later crossing to Tarifa in Spain on a high-speed ferry. Plattner and Doppler will then drive along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, France and Italy. After crossing the Alps and a brief stop in Munich, Plattner will pilot the A3 through the Balkan States, arriving in Istanbul and crossing the Bosporus to reach the finish line in Asia on June 11, after no more than 72 hours of total driving time.
The Guinness Book of World Records has dubbed Gerhard Plattner “the most versatile driver in the world.” To date, the journalist from Tyrol has covered just under 4.3 million miles (7 million km) by car, setting numerous world records for speed, efficiency and endurance in the process. In 1991, Plattner completed the fastest round-the-world drive in an Audi S2, a record that still stands today.
For his latest attempt, Plattner has chosen an A3 1.9 TDI e diesel hatchback, which is rated at 105hp (77kW) and has an official fuel economy rating of 52mpg (4.5L/100km). For more information on the full 2009 A3 lineup, click here for our previous story.