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Transsyberia: Porsche Cayenne participating in Pan-Asian endurance test.

At 11.20 a.m. local time (9.20 CET) today, the first of a total of 25 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberias will depart from Moscow's Red Square heading east. After approximately 7,000 kilometers, the Transsyberia Rally will finish on August 17 close to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbataar. In a first for such a competition, Porsche has created a limited edition series and produced 25 Cayenne S Transsyberias for this long-distance Asian rally.

The excellent off-road characteristics of the new Cayenne have been further enhanced in the Porsche Development Center in Weissach with the following modifications: a roll cage for the interior; a special air intake above the engine hood; a multi-component underbody guard; the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control adapted for extreme off-road conditions; body sealant up to the side windows; special off-road tires; four roof-mounted headlamps and a roof spoiler with double-deck profile and eye-catching rally design. Also on board as standard are a navigation system specifically for off-roading, a Tripmaster computer, and two one-man tents. The Transsyberia Rally may be described as an orienteering excursion, but it is by no means a "luxurious, fair-weather event for the faint-hearted".

The drivers participating are correspondingly experienced, and include Armin Schwarz (1996 European Rally Champion), René Metge (two-time winner of the Paris-Dakar Rally), Rod Millen (multiple winner of the American hill race Pikes Peak) and Saeed Al-Hajri (several-times Middle East Rally Champion). In addition, Germany's best-known television judge, Alexander Hold (from the program "Richter Alexander Hold" on Sat 1) will act as co-driver on the first two stages, navigating one of the Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberias and putting his skills in dealing with the roadbook and Tripmaster to the test.

2007/08/03 | 15:45 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Porsche

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