The record was recorded on December 2
This heavily modified Porsche 911 rose to an altitude of 6,734 meters above sea level. We are talking about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, which received new portal axles that increase ground clearance to an impressive 350 mm. To ensure that the all-terrain sports car is not damaged when climbing over rocks, it has been equipped with a durable aramid fiber underbody guard.
Three-time Le Mans champion Romain Dumas piloted a modified Porsche 911 equipped with a pair of carbon fiber seats and a five-point harness. Engineers modified the PDK transmission by lowering the gear ratios to make it easier to control acceleration at low speeds. Another important change was the adjustment of the steering, which became more precise on rough terrain. The factory output of this six-cylinder engine is 443 hp.
Porsche 911 with portal axles rose to a record height of 6734 m
The car used no fossil fuels, the tank was filled with synthetic fuel produced from water and carbon dioxide using renewable energy sources. To reach the top of the western ridge of Ojos del Salado in Chile, an escort vehicle was required. Both teams had to endure cold and thin air. The air at this altitude was about half as dense as at sea level.
After two weeks of acclimatization at high altitude, the record was taken last Saturday, December 2. The two vehicles started their journey at 3:30 a.m. and reached the summit at 3:58 p.m. Due to difficult conditions with sub-zero temperatures, thin air and remote terrain, the team took two doctors with them.
The Porsche 911 managed to beat the previous record set in 2020 by a pair of Unimog trucks that reached a height of 6,694 meters on the same Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile.