Trans-Continental Crossing Complete for Audi’s Q7
The competition started in Sydney, Sunday 3rd September 2006. Between Sydney and Broom (the finish line) stretched a 7000km journey through some harsh and arid conditions.
The caravan of 15 cars arrived safely and further more – in excellent condition, in Broome, on Sunday 24th September 2006.
The itinerary included some areas like Innamincka, Mereenie Loop Road and Birdsville. Areas characterized by most as harsh ruts. The Q7 excelled.
Joerg Hofman, Audi’s managing director declared that : “We now plan to host this adventure annually with vehicles like the Q7, new Allroad Quattro and Audi Q5. It will hold much interest for Audi guests from Asia, Germany and Europe.”
Critics say that the Q7 has exceeded the highest expectations of the company, under very challenging conditions.
The only technical requirements of the caravan were the replacement of tires and new pollen filters for each car. Except for one car that needed minor cosmetics repairs, the entire fleet ended the journey in top shape condition.
The four stages of the Audi Trans-Continental Crossing included:
- 3 – 5 September 2006 - The Harbour City (Sydney) to the Silver City (Broken Hill) via Wagga Wagga and Mildura.
- 7 – 11 September 2006 - The Silver City to the Red Desert (Birdsville), via Tibooburra and Innamincka.
- 11 – 15 September 2006 - The Red Desert to the Red Centre (Uluru), via Clayton River and Coober Pedy.
- 19 – 24 September 2006 - The Red Centre to the Pearl Coast (Broome), via the Tanami Track including Tilmouth Well, Rabbit Flat and Halls Creek.