The 2015 Cape-to-Cape 2.0 Tour

The challenge: to travel from Cape Agulhas (South Africa) to North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe in just 10 days with the support of HBM test and measurement equipment.

With HBM data acquisition equipment and strain gauges, Rainer Zietlow and his team drove their Volkswagen Touareg from Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of South Africa, to the northernmost point of Europe, North Cape in Norway, in less than 10 days and thus successfully set a new world record. Rainer and his team had worked intensively to prepare for the route that is about 17,000 kilometers (11,200 miles) long and leads through 21 countries.

A look back

Start of the tour in Africa.
Start of the tour in Africa.
Local wildlife.
Local wildlife.
Driving through Sudan.
Driving through Sudan.
Unloading the car from the plane in Turkey.
Unloading the car from the plane in Turkey.
Getting closer.
Getting closer.
Celebrating the new world record in Norway.
Celebrating the new world record in Norway.

Regular updates on the tour via the Web

Regular updates on the journey were published on the internet and social media. Fans from all over the world could check how far Rainer Zietlow and his team had progressed. In addition, the team learned interesting facts about the countries they passed through and shared what they found in the short videos below. 

Did you know that an Ethiopian calendar has 13 months?

Interesting facts

Ethiopia

 

Czech Republic

 

Norway

 

With the support of HBM measurement technology

The Volkswagen Touareg competing in the Cape-to-Cape 2.0 world record tour 2015 was fitted with HBM strain gauges installed on the car's axles and wheels, and continuously acquired the loads acting on these components.

In addition to the strain gauge signals, the rugged SomatXR data recorder also acquired parameters such as temperature and acceleration in the car. The SomatXR offers reliable recording of measured data, even under extreme conditions including both very low and very high temperatures, shocks and vibrations. The hermetically sealed data recorder is impervious to desert dust, humidity and other external influences.

The Cape-to-Cape world record tour also supported a charitable cause: 10 Euro cents per kilometer driven went to an SOS children's village in Tanzania.

The tour ended September 20, 2015 - after 9 days, 4 hours, 9 minutes and 27 seconds: a record time!

The Volkswagen was equipped with measurement technology.
The Volkswagen was equipped with measurement technology.
The SomatXR data acquisition system.
The SomatXR data acquisition system.
The car's chassis with strain gauges.
The car's chassis with strain gauges.
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