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THE MERCEDES UNIMOG SETS A NEW ALTITUDE RECORD

If you like to venture out into the wilderness by car, off-roading is almost obligatory if you want to drive alone and find the best panoramas. And if the experience of the driver is important, the capacity of the vehicle you drive is just as essential.

This is clearly not a problem for the Mercedes Unimog, which has once again broken a new altitude record. Ten scientists in Chile ventured behind the wheel of two Unimogs to install four radios on the world’s highest active volcano, the Nevado Ojos del Salado.

The last radio was installed in a camp at 6,100 metres (20,013 feet) above sea level, and the team decided to climb even higher to try to set a new altitude record for a wheeled vehicle. The performance was impressive to say the least, as one of the Unimogs managed to reach 6,694 metres (21,962 feet) of altitude!

The Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Division provided the crew with these two vehicles. The engineers created special tyres, added winches and a modified body with variable centre of gravity balancing technology. This expedition proved once again how the Mercedes Unimog is a vehicle with extraordinary off-road capabilities.

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Elie Hajj
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