In 2004 Rainer Zietlow founded his agency Challenge4 GmbH. Since then the holder of three Guiness World Records (GWR), completed all twelve projects successfully:
- 2005: High altitude world record for standard vehicles (GWR)
- 2006/2007 First circumnavigation of the World with CNG (GWR)
- 2011 Long-distance World Record: Panamericana
- 2012 Long-distance World Record: Melbourne to Sankt Petersburg
- 2013 Amarok Polar Expedition Moscow to Kamchatka (GWR)
- 2014 Long-distance World Record: from Norway to South-Africa
- 2015 Long-distance World Record: from South-Africa to Norway
Photographer and Cameraman, Second Driver
Owner of the photo and video agency emotionscreens and second driver of Rainer Zietlow’s team for Touareg Eurasia. Marius is an experienced photographer, cameraman and driver and has been driving long-distance tours since 2009 together with Rainer. At daytime Marius takes pictures and records videos about the World Record tour, so he has to drive in night conditions. He has already gotten three World Records for completing the famous road "Panamericana" in just 11 days and 17 hours, driving from Melbourne to St. Petersburg in only 17 days and 18 hours and driving from Cape to Cape in 2014 and 2015, resulting in a world record of 9 days, 4 hours. Always keen on adventures, he is now looking forward to the world record drive through Eurasia as his fifth world record tour with the Touareg - his second home by now.
Journalist, filmmaker and third driver
Famous russian journalist and filmmaker, who works at one of the most popular and biggest automotive media in Russia – Auto Mail.Ru. Peter makes videos, films about cars and test-drives. He is also known as a radio journalist – Peter has his own program «Test-drive» on Avtoradio – one of the most popular radio station in Russia and Ukraine. Peter is a very experienced driver, he made thousands of test-drives on the roads of Russia and former Soviet Union countries, Europe and Asia. One of his favorite hobby is off-road tests, trips and off-road tuning. At this World Record tour Peter writes articles, keeps a blog, makes online streams and final film about tour together with Marius Biela and camera man Alexander Pogodin.
Alexander Pogodin (Frey)
Filmmaker, camera man, сutter
Alexander is a professional camera man and cutter, who makes a final film about the World Record Tour from Magadan to Lisbon. Alexander Pogodin is the fourth person in Rainer Zietlow`s team for Touareg Eurasia, who joins Rainer and Marius on the route from Lisbon to Magadan in June, whereafter he will change with the Russian journalist Peter Bakanov. During this route Alex will make beautiful footage for the final film. In Russia, Alexander has his own video agency - he and his team make a lot of different films and videos: advertisement, expeditions, corporate and documentary films. Also Alex is one of the most famous Russian camera men, and he makes beautiful test-drives with cars together with Peter Bakanov. For example, in Yakutia they made a test-drive with Rainer`s Volkswagen Amarok during a Polar Expedition Amarok - 2013. So Alexander is a well-trained and equipped camera man, who can work in extrem conditions.