At 11.20 a.m. local time (9.20 CEST) 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 Devel opment 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.
Porsche will be reporting live at the end of each of the sixteen stages, the longest of which starts in Novosibirsk and finishes in Kosh Agash, covering a distance of around 950 kilometers across Siberia.