The Jeep Wrangler Altitude Edition was introduced in 2012 as a version with some minor visual alterations. It was released after the Grand Cherokee, Compass, and Patriot Altitude models, with a production run of 4,500 units. But did you know what car topped Jeep Wrangler’s Altitude Record?
When one adventurer drove a Jeep Wrangler to the world record altitude of 6,646 meters, he placed a sign that said, “Jeep Parking Only: All Others Don’t Make It Up Here.” The following record-breakers, who ascended to 6,688 meters on the same volcano in a Suzuki Samurai, took down the sign.
The Samurai Who Took The Sign Down
Matthias Jeschke established the Guinness World Record for the highest altitude reached by a four-wheeled vehicle. The Wrangler Unlimited climbed 6,646 meters to the summit of Chile’s Ojos del Salado volcano.
Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales of Chile drove passed the Jeep’s highest point, stopping at 6,688 meters, in their modified Suzuki Samurai. The Samurai also had a supercharged G16A 4-cylinder under the hood and the apparent wheel, tire, and suspension upgrades shown in the photographs.
It was the pair’s third try after being hampered by weather the first time and an engine fire the second. Repairs were performed, and the third time was the charm, as the phrase goes. When Jeschke’s team reached their high point, they put up a sign that said, Jeep Parking Only: All Others Don’t Make It Up Here Anyway. Bravo and Gonzalo came down in a sneaky maneuver.
It’s impressive, assuming the feat is certified. With two Jeeps and many backup vehicles provided by DCX and a whole team of personnel aiding the endeavor on-site, Jeschke’s Extrem Events team had big-time backing and finance. Bravo and Canales had no such support, but they went ahead and did it anyhow. (Source: Auto Blog)
What is the Jeep Wrangler’s Record?
When two Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vehicles climbed to the Ojos del Salado in Chile’s South American mountain range, they set a new global high altitude record. The two cars went 6,646 meters or 21,804 feet above sea level, breaking the highest altitude a four-wheeled vehicle has ever reached.
This was exactly the challenge to separate the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from all other 4×4 vehicles. A climb like this in not just off-road, but extreme conditions, is a testament to the performance of the vehicle’s powertrain, suspension and overall quality. We are very proud that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was the first vehicle to be able to complete such a rigorous challenge, and believe that it really does set the vehicle apart from its competition.George Murphy, Chrysler Group Senior Vice President of Global Marketing.
After a tough week of adventure and navigation in Ojos del Salado, the crew, led by German off-road enthusiast Matthias Jeschke, achieved the inaugural High Altitude World Record onboard a Toyota Land Cruiser in 2005, succeeded in reaching the most significant altitude. However, Matthias Jeschke was concerned about his team’s condition the day before they got their aim.
Matthias Jeschke, who reached 6,646 meters onboard a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, declared that no one would ever reach or even beat his incredible altitude because he and his team had already reached the top of the Ojos del Salado mountain’s secondary summits. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized this achievement. Furthermore, Chrysler Group claims that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s durability is unrivaled compared to Daimler Chrysler’s Mercedes M-Class SUV versions. (Source: Auto Blog)